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Tuesday, 30 January 2024 00:00

Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, the leading cause of heel pain, stems from inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia attaching to the heel. This thick tissue band, essential for foot support, manifests as pain under the heel, often extending into the arch. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis peak in the morning, but often subside as the foot warms throughout the day. Overuse is a key factor of plantar fasciitis, but risks heighten with poor foot biomechanics and other factors. These may include overpronation, a high-arched foot, and improper footwear choice. Additional contributors include excess weight, tight calf muscles, and plantar fascia tightness. Among the symptoms are morning heel pain, arch discomfort, and tenderness when pressing the heel. Distinguishing plantar fasciitis from similar conditions, such as a  bruised heel, heel spur, or stress fracture aids in an accurate diagnosis. Treatment involves pain and inflammation reduction, biomechanical correction, and targeted exercises. For a tailored approach to managing plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a full exam and suggested treatment. options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact David K. Morris, DPM  from Florida. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Plantation, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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