Plantar Faciitis (Heel Pain)
on True/False to Learn the Answer
People with plantar fasciitis can experience it first thing
in the morning. TRUE FALSE
Plantar fasciitis is directly related to body weight. TRUE
3. Pregnancy will cause plantar fasciitis.
Over-the-counter medications and heel pads can relieve plantar
fasciitis. TRUE FALSE
5. Shoes cause plantar fasciitis. TRUE
6. If you have plantar fasciitis for more
than a month you should see a podiatrist. TRUE
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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