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How Much Do You Know about Heel Pain?





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Plantar Faciitis (Heel Pain)

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1. People with plantar fasciitis can experience it first thing in the morning. TRUE FALSE

2. Plantar fasciitis is directly related to body weight. TRUE FALSE

3. Pregnancy will cause plantar fasciitis. TRUE FALSE

4. Over-the-counter medications and heel pads can relieve plantar fasciitis. TRUE FALSE

5. Shoes cause plantar fasciitis. TRUE FALSE

6. If you have plantar fasciitis for more than a month you should see a podiatrist. TRUE FALSE

 

 

 

1. TRUE - Plantar fasciitis (heel pain) can result from the inflammation of the tissue under the heel, which can become more painful after resting. The pain usually diminishes after a short period of walking and may reoccur after excessive walking.

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2. FALSE - Heel pain can be aggravated by weight, but the cause is a mechanical relationship of the foot structure and walking. The long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot becomes inflamed which causes the bottom of the heel and the arch to become painful.

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3. FALSE - There is no evidence that pregnancy causes heel pain, but it can be an aggravating factor. The excessive weight gain and swelling, which causes ligaments in the body (including the feet) to relax, could lead to ingrown nails and mechanical problems such as tendinitis, bunions, and other inflammatory conditions.

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4. TRUE - Anti-inflammatory medications can reduce the pain caused by inflammation, and over-the- counter arch supports can support the plantar fascial ligament. When these items are not effective, a podiatrist should be consulted.

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5. TRUE - Shoes that fail to give adequate support to the foot can increase strain on the plantar fascial ligament resulting in injury and pain. To ensure buying properly fitted shoes; have both feet measured while you are standing; shop for shoes in the afternoon or evening because feet tend to swell during the day; try on shoes while you're wearing the same type of socks or stockings you expect to wear with the shoes; and don't buy shoes that need a break-in period, shoes should be comfortable immediately.

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6. TRUE - Foot pain is not normal. If after changing shoes, reducing activity, taking anti- inflammatory medications, and trying over-the-counter arch supports the heel pain has not improved consult a podiatrist.

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