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Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Wednesday, 20 April 2022 00:00

The band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot is known as the plantar fascia. Its function is to connect the toes to the heel, and plantar fasciitis can develop when this tissue becomes irritated. It may be caused by obesity, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or if an injury has occurred. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis is typically felt on the bottom of the foot, often making it painful to walk. Many patients notice that discomfort is more severe in the morning after arising but may feel better when the foot is elevated. Additional reasons why this condition may occur include standing for long periods of time, a recent change in activities, or other conditions, such as flat feet or high arches. Mild relief may be found by performing specific stretches that can strengthen the foot muscles. These include grabbing a towel with the toes and dragging it across the floor. Patients who have plantar fasciitis are wise to be under the care of a podiatrist who can offer correct treatment techniques that can provide permanent relief.

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 Advanced Podiatry. 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 Union, NJ and the Upper East Side, Manhattan . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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