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Causes and Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick connective tissue running along the sole of the foot. This tissue supports the arch and absorbs shock during walking and running, but excessive strain can lead to tiny tears and inflammation. High-risk groups for plantar fasciitis include runners, dancers, and those who stand for prolonged periods, such as sales assistants. Other contributing factors can include foot deformities like flat feet or high arches, tight calf muscles, or Achilles tendons. Wearing inappropriate footwear and obesity are other factors. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis often include severe burning or stabbing pain, especially noticeable with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. Although the pain may subside with movement, it can return after strenuous activity. With advancing age, the risk increases as the tissue loses elasticity and the fat pads under the heel thin out. If you are experiencing pain in the bottom of the foot, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Kimberly Woodard, DPM  from Pinnacle Foot and Ankle Centers, LLC . 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 Port St. Lucie, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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