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What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Tuesday, 16 January 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, a prevalent foot condition, unfolds as a result of inflammation in the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that spans the bottom of the foot. This inflammation leads to symptoms that are distinctive yet often underestimated. A primary symptom is heel pain, particularly felt during the initial steps after periods of rest. The discomfort may also escalate after prolonged periods of standing or intense physical activity. The causes of plantar fasciitis are commonly rooted in excessive strain on the plantar fascia, due to activities like running, standing for extended periods, or inadequate footwear. Weight gain, tight calf muscles, and certain biomechanical issues can also contribute to the development of this condition. Recognizing the nuanced interplay of symptoms and causes is essential for prompt diagnosis and the implementation of effective strategies to alleviate pain. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Coastal Foot & Ankle Wellness Center, LLC. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in St. Augustine, and Palatka, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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