Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

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Plantar fasciitis symptoms can occur suddenly or gradually. When they occur suddenly, there is usually intense heel pain on taking the first morning steps, known as first-step pain. This heel pain often subsides as the patient begins to walk around, but it may return in the late afternoon or evening. When symptoms occur gradually, a more chronic form of heel pain causes patients to shorten their stride while running or walking. Patients also may shift the weight toward the front of the foot, away from the heel.

The pain is described as being dull aching or sharp and can be reproduced by flexing the toes upwards (dorsiflexion) and tensing the fascia. Symptoms tend to worsen after standing and walking, in the morning, after awaking, or after prolonged sitting. This happens because the fascia is being stressed again after a protracted rest. As the person walks, the fascia “warms up” and lengthens slightly, reducing the tension and the associated pain. learn more about plantar fasciitis exercises at

The repetitive stretch of the fascia over years can also irritate the insertion site of the fascia to the heel bone and lead to the ingrowth into the soft tissue of the heel of a hook-shaped spur of the heel bone. A common misconception is that heel pain is mostly due to the bone spur. The truth is that the pain is due primarily or exclusively to the inflammation of the fascia (plantar fasciitis) and not to the bone spur because significant heel pain occurs in the absence of spurs, and large bone spurs can be detected by X-rays in people with no heel pain.

If your plantar fasciitis has been bothering you for more than 6 months, you owe it to yourself to contact HealthTronics to find out if you are a candidate.