I woke up and swung my legs over to the side of the bed like I usually do.
I always sit there for a second to get my wits about me before I get up. What usually follows is a morning full of getting ready for the days activities.
Today though? Pain.
Pain right in the heel, shooting across the bottom of my foot.
As the morning wore on, it slowly lessened, to the point where I could barely notice it. So – I figured it was just a fluke.
At work though, it came back with a vengeance after I had been sitting at my desk for awhile. So, I decided to do some detective work.
- Sharp heel pain
- I’m a runner
- I’m in my 40s
All signs pointed to plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis (heel spur syndrome) is a common problem among people who are active. It starts as a dull intermittent pain in the heel which may progress to a sharp persistent pain.
Classically, it is worse in the morning, with the first few steps, after sitting, after standing, or walking. The plantar fascia is the thick fibrous ligament on the bottom of the foot. It is attached to the heel bone (calcaneus), fans forward toward the toes, and acts like a bowstring to help maintain the arch of the foot.
A problem may occur when part of this inflexible fascia is repeatedly placed under tension.
Tension causes and overload that produces an inflammation, usually at the point where the fascia is attached to the heel bone.
The result is pain.
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