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Foot pain can be helped with correct diagnosis

Have you ever had foot pain starting at your heel which went up across the bottom of your foot?  If so, there is a good chance you had a common foot issue.  (Source: Raycom Media) Have you ever had foot pain starting at your heel which went up across the bottom of your foot?  If so, there is a good chance you had a common foot issue.  (Source: Raycom Media)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Have you ever had foot pain starting at your heel which went up across the bottom of your foot?  If so, there is a good chance you had a common foot issue. 

Thankfully, it is an inflammation that is treatable.

Katie Bolander, 24, said her foot pain was severe.  

"I actually started running again, which I like to do and enjoy doing but I hadn't run in a while," said Bolander. "And so my feet didn't like that. I wasn't running on a treadmill. I wasn't running outside. I don't know if that makes any difference, but yeah, it started about six months ago."

 She said it specifically began in the heel.  

"When I wake up in the morning, especially first thing right when I get out of bed, I'm in a lot of pain," said Bolander. "It hurts to walk and I limp."

She said there are steps she can take to try to stop the throbbing. 

"I try to stretch my feet. I try to point my toes and I try to flex my feet and I do that especially just before bed," explained Bolander.

Her doctor, Ryan Friel, said plantar fasciitis is to blame.  

"Plantar fasciitis is the connective tissue that protects the muscles on the bottom of your feet," said Friel. "When that happens, it becomes inflamed, those muscles get aggravated and start to tighten and shrink it up."

He said this condition can happen to anyone.    

"You know whether you have too high of an arch, too low of an arch, If you're a little bit overweight, that added pressure on your foot can cause problems," explained Friel.

He said part of the healing process may involve prosthetic arch supports.  

So how do you know if you need help?  

"First thing in the morning. How does it feel? You know, because, throughout the night, what's happening is, with it being inflamed, those muscles tighten up as a protective mechanism to try and provide as much relief as it can and then as soon as you set your foot down to start walking, it's that sudden stretch and that excruciating pain," said Friel.

He said he devised an extensive protocol for Bolander to loosen up the connective tissue, relieve the inflammation and get her mobility back so she can exercise pain-free.

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