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Symptoms and Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 18 June 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis affects millions of people worldwide and is primarily found in active adults from 25 to 65 years old. Plantar fasciitis arises from the overstretching of the plantar fascia, a fibrous band of tissue on the sole of the foot that supports the arch. The major symptoms of inflammation and pain may develop gradually over time or suddenly after intense physical activity. The hallmark sign of plantar fasciitis is pain near the heel. This can range from a dull ache to a sharp, stabbing sensation, often most severe upon waking in the morning or after prolonged rest. Additional indicators include tenderness to touch, stiffness, and increased discomfort after extended periods of activity. Factors that contribute to its onset include repetitive stress from activities like running, dancing, or prolonged standing. Other possible causes are excess weight, improper footwear, and biomechanical issues, such as high or low foot arches. If you are experiencing persistent heel pain that may be linked to plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam and diagnosis, followed by treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Thomas Madden  from Advanced Foot Care Center. 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 Killeen, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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