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After a long winter, nothing beats going outside for a walk or run to enjoy the warm spring weather. However, sudden increased activity following several months of low or no activity can result in heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis. This painful condition results from inflammation of the tissue band (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as a new exercise routine or walking on a daily basis, can put stress and strain on the ligaments in the foot, leading to inflammation and pain. The good news is heel pain can usually be relieved using conservative methods, but it must be treated early. Heel pain can become chronic and debilitating if not cared for properly. Foot and ankle surgeons can help you find relief with therapies, such as: • anti-inflammatory medications • stretching exercises • orthotic devices • physical therapy • footwear modifications • activity limitations Although most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to nonsurgical treatment, some require surgery. If you continue to have heel pain with nonsurgical treatment, your foot and ankle surgeon can discuss your surgical options. Heel pain should not stop you from taking in the beauty of spring. If you are experiencing heel pain, visit to find a foot and ankle surgeon in your area who can help you resume a healthy and active lifestyle. Info provided by ACFAS.

Information provided by The American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons

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