I thought I would share what I found~
Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves pain and inflammation of a thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across the bottom of your foot — connecting your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your very first steps in the morning. Once your foot limbers up, the pain of plantar fasciitis normally decreases, but it may return after long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position.
Plantar fasciitis is particularly common in runners, people who are overweight, a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces especially if you have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles, people with very flat feet or very high arches and those who wear shoes with inadequate support.
The condition starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone often referred to as a stone bruise. You're more likely to feel it after exercise.
If you don't treat plantar fasciitis, it may become a chronic condition. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity and you may also develop symptoms of foot, knee, hip and back problems because of the way plantar fasciitis changes the way you walk.How is it treated?
No single treatment works best for everyone with plantar fasciitis. But there are many things you can try to help your foot get better:
- Give your feet a rest. Cut back on activities that make your foot hurt. Try not to walk or run on hard surfaces.
- To reduce pain and swelling, try putting ice on your heel. You can even roll your foot on a frozen water bottle. Or take an over-the-counter pain reliever like ibuprofen (such as Advil or Motrin), naproxen (such as Aleve), or aspirin.
- Do calf stretches and towel stretches several times a day, especially when you first get up in the morning.
- Get a new pair of shoes. Pick shoes with good arch support and a cushioned sole. Or try heel cups or shoe inserts (orthotics ). Use them in both shoes, even if only one foot hurts.
Well that sure sounds like what I have. I got the good shoes now. I can surely ice it. I can even do the stretches. I have lots of over-the-counter pain relievers (and some not so over-the-counter). I just DO NOT WANT to rest and not exercise....That will throw my weight program off and I will be way sad. I guess I will be going to the foot doctor just to be sure.But until then I think I am onto something here...Don't you?