The discomfort that comes from plantar fasciitis can cause difficulty in completing daily activities. It is felt in the heel, and if left untreated, the pain can become debilitating. This can happen as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot connecting the heel to the toes. There are various reasons plantar fasciitis may develop, including wearing shoes that do not have adequate cushioning in the heel area, or from standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time. Obesity can contribute to developing this condition, in addition to overuse that can happen from exercising or participating in any sport that impacts the plantar fascia. Heel pain may be worse in the morning upon arising, and performing specific stretches may help to reduce the pain. Plantar fasciitis is treated by a podiatrist, and if you have developed this uncomfortable foot condition, it is strongly suggested that you consult with this type of doctor who can provide you with relief options.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Gary J. Kaiserman, DPM from Achilles Footcare Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Having high arches in your feet
- Other foot issues such as flat feet
- Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
- Being on your feet very often
There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.
- Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain
There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Forest Lane and West Kiest Boulevard Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.