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If you have heel pain in the morning or after sitting a long time, then you may have plantar fasciitis and/or heel spurs. Therapists see an increase of this sometimes debilitating condition as spring and summer bring more people outside hiking and running trails.

Plantar fasciitis manifests as the skin covering the heel (periosteum) tears away from the bone or, sometimes, nerve irritation from too much tension, inflammation, or scar tissue in the fascia. The pain often increases with more walking and standing and is typically felt at the heel. A heel spur is a growth of bone from the heel that is often associated with plantar fasciitis pain.

Pain from plantar fasciitis can sometimes cause more than just discomfort. It can often significantly impact daily activities since any weight placed on the affected area can deliver serious pain which can prevent you from doing daily activities and exercise. Pain in the inflamed area usually subsides after the plantar fascia relaxes at night. When weight is first placed on the heel again after long periods of rest the pain is most severe. Pain tends to lessen somewhat during movement, but can return again later on in the day. Get it treated by a qualified massage, sports, or structural integration therapist.

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