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My son has developed plantar fasciitis, what is this?

Doctor KarenBy Dr. Karen Palmer
My son has developed plantar fasciitis, what is this?

Dear Karen,

My 16 year old son has developed plantar fasciitis.  What is this?
 
Karen says: Plantar Fasciitis means inflammation of your plantar fascia, a strong band of tissue that stretches from your heel to your middle foot bones. It supports the arch of your foot and also acts as a shock-absorber in your foot.
 
Repeated small injuries to the fascia are thought to be the cause of plantar fasciitis. The injury is usually near to where the plantar fascia attaches to your heel bon
 
Around 1 in 10 people will get plantar fasciitis at some time in their life.
 
Gentle exercise may ease things, but a long walk or being on your feet for a long time makes the pain worse. Treatment includes rest, good footwear, heel pads, painkillers, and exercises. A steroid injection or other treatments may be used in more severe cases.