Plantar Fasciitis

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament that stretches from the back of the heel to the ball of the foot.  Known as the plantar fascia ligament, it is responsible for supporting the arch of the foot.  It is one of the most common conditions that affect the feet, occurring in about 10% of all Americans at some point in their lifetime.  Reportedly, some two million Americans seek treatment each year. 

plantar fasciitis

What are the symptoms of

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Heel Spurs

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

What Are Heel Spurs?

A spur is a calcified bone deposit that can occur on any bone of the body.

A spur on the heel, detected by X-ray or through physical examination, is actually a calcification on the calcaneus, sometimes referred to as the “heel bone”, which combines with the talus to form the back of the foot.

A spur may form on the bottom of the calcaneus, just above the ligament that supports the arch of the foot, known … Read the Full Article

Achilles Tendonitis

Friday, August 28th, 2009

What Is Achilles Tendonitis?

It is inflammation of the Achilles tendon, which is a band of fibers that runs from the lower calf to the top of the heel.  It connects the muscles in the back of the leg (gastrocnemius and soleus) to the heel bone or calcaneus.  

Achilles Tendonitis / Tendonosis

What Are the Symptoms of Achilles Tendonitis?

Pain is the major symptom.  The area may be tender and slightly swollen.  Some redness may be present, but usually, the only symptom is pain. … Read the Full Article