If you are on your feet for an extended period of time than you are accustomed to, or walk or run on different terrain than you normally would, you may entice a bout of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis pain will flare up and be at its worst usually the day after these rare occurrences.
Below is a list of common conditions that sometimes get categorized as plantar fasciitis:
o The pain of bursitis is only experienced quite far back on the heel.
o If at night, you experience radiating, burning pain, numbness and tingling, the root cause is more likely to be something other than plantar fasciitis.
o Tarsal tunnel syndrome in particular causes diffuse symptoms all over the bottom of the foot.
o Your heel bone maybe bruised from a sudden blow or impact of your heel to a solid force and can quite often feel like plantar fasciitis.
o A condition called "fat pad syndrome" involves wasting away of the softness on the bottom of the heel.
Similar symptoms of plantar fasciitis can be also confused with the following conditions:
o A tumor in the heel bone would cause a deeper, duller pain than plantar fasciitis, and of course other signs of failing health as things get worse.
o A disease called Paget's disease also causes foot pain – but is associated with bowed shin bones, a hunchback, and headaches.
o Calcaneal apophysitis (Sever's disease) occurs only in adolescents and is limited to the back of the heel, where plantar fasciitis never goes.
Plantar fasciitis is as just as stubborn as all the other repetitive strain injuries. Once it sets in, it's not uncommon to have a recovery time as much as 2 years. The secret to success in beating and treating any injury is to avoid poor medical advice and to try to work around a limb of the body that we depend and rely on so much.
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