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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis (sometimes called 'heel spurs') refers to pain originating from the inner undersurface of the heel. The pain is usually worse first thing in the morning. Although usually considered a disorder of middle age, it can also affect football players.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis includes biomechanical correction with heel cups, orthotics, change in footwear and injections. The use of night splints can be helpful for stretching the calf during sleep to relieve morning stiffness and pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In severe cases, a walker boot may sometimes be required to help provide pain relief in this condition.
Plantar fasciitis heel spur
Xray demonstrating a heel spur. This is associated with plantar fasciitis.