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What is plantar fasciitis?

Workplace injuries in New York do not only result from accidents such as falls or electric shock. Many workers' compensation claims result from a repetitive stress injury. If you spend most of your time at work standing or walking on hard surfaces, such as concrete, you may be at risk for developing plantar fasciitis in your feet. 

According to the Mayo Clinic, the plantar fascia is a structure in your foot your that provides support to your arch, acting as a shock absorber. Tearing of the plantar fascia can occur under conditions of stress and tension. Inflammation or irritation of the plantar fascia can occur with repetitive tearing. You may experience chronic heel pain that interferes with your regular activities if you ignore the pain of plantar fasciitis without seeking treatment.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms usually occur first thing after you wake up and after exercise, rather than during it. You may also experience symptoms upon rising from a seated position or after long periods of standing. The most prominent symptom is a stabbing pain near your heel. 

If your doctor diagnoses you with plantar fasciitis, he or she may recommend treatment options of pain relievers, icing and stretching, rest, physical therapy or arch supports for your shoes. Another possible conservative treatment method is night splinting, which relieves pressure on your plantar fascia by holding it in a stretched position. If conservative measures do not work, your doctor may need to perform a procedure like a steroid injection or, as a last resort, surgery.

The information in this article is not intended as legal advice but provided for educational purposes only.

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