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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is often associated with certain factors that can cause the band of tissue on the sole of the foot (plantar fascia) to become stressed, damaged, or even torn. These factors include engaging in physical activities that stretch the plantar fascia, such as running, tennis, step aerobics, and volleyball. Other factors include being obese or pregnant, wearing footwear with poor support in the arch and heel, or having flat feet, high arches or other structural issues of the feet. The symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain and stiffness, which is often more intense in the morning or after periods of rest. A podiatrist can often diagnose plantar fasciitis—and distinguish it from other conditions that cause heel pain—by considering the patient’s symptoms and history, performing a physical examination, and analyzing X-rays and other imaging tests. If you feel pain in your heel, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist as soon as possible to get your issue properly diagnosed and treated.

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 one of our podiatrists from Foot and Ankle Clinics, PA. Our doctors 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.

Prevention

  • 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 Woodbury, West St. Paul, and Edina, MN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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