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8 Best Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain, According to a Podiatrist

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes — and it can be quite painful. Most commonly, pain is concentrated in the heel, but according to Dr. Alan Bass, a board-certified podiatrist based in New Jersey and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association, it can be felt in other areas of the body as well.
“Tons of patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis disrupt their normal gait to avoid putting pressure on the bottom of the heel,” he said. “This compensation can lead to pain in the ankle, hips and even knees.”
There are many factors that can cause plantar fasciitis, but Dr. Bass says those who are overweight tend to be the ones who are most at risk. Added weight can cause the plantar fascia to stretch excessively, leading to increased inflammation, weakening of the plantar fascia and sometimes tearing. In turn, the body will try to catch any torn-away fibers by creating a painful spur, or bony protrusion, on the underside of the heel. Dr. Bass also says people with flat feet or high arches may be most susceptible to plantar fasciitis, due to increased pulling of the muscle

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