The majority of plantar fasciitis symptoms will worsen without medical treatment. This condition is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, and it is considered to be one of the most common causes of heel pain. This is the portion of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot and connects the heels to the toes. The plantar fascia is responsible for shock absorption in addition to supporting the arch and the bottom of the foot. This condition can happen when the plantar fascia is stretched beyond its normal range, and it can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Additionally, it is common among people who frequently run long distances, run on uneven surfaces, or stand for the majority of the day. The symptoms that many people experience with this condition can include severe pain and tenderness, swelling, and it can be difficult to walk. This may be worse in the morning upon arising, or after sitting for long periods of time. Plantar fasciitis generally gets worse before medical attention is sought. If you are afflicted with this condition, please consult with a podiatrist who can properly treat this condition.
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 Podiatry Center of Idaho . 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.
- 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 office located in Boise, ID . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.