Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Dexter Fowler Out With Plantar Fasciitis: What Is It?

Plantar fasciitis also commonly referred to as a bone spur in the foot is a painful condition involving the ligamentous attachment on the heel bone on the bottom of the foot. Usually the bone spur is a byproduct and not a cause of the pain. The tough ligamentous tissue undergoes microtears with collagen breakdown and scarring. It usually begins slowly over time and may be related to over use  The hallmark of symptoms is pain when first walking in the morning or after sitting for an extended period. It can be very difficult to cure or improve. Stretching is the mainstay of managing it and I advise patients to stretch their achilles and bottom of the foot every time before arising to walk. While it may take time this typically will help. Night splints may also help. Cortisone is rarely used and surgery is almost never indicated.

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