Heel pain, often attributed to plantar fasciitis, is a frequent complaint that affects individuals of all ages and activity levels. The plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot, can become inflamed and damaged, leading to persistent discomfort. Plantar fasciitis typically manifests as sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, particularly with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of rest. This pain often eases with activity but can return after periods of standing or walking. The condition is usually a result of repetitive strain, such as excessive use, which leads to micro-tears in the plantar fascia. Addressing heel pain and plantar fasciitis often involves a multi-faceted approach. Understanding the causes and treatment options for heel pain and plantar fasciitis is the first step in finding relief from this common, yet manageable, foot ailment. If you are experiencing persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine the most appropriate approach to treating plantar fasciitis.
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 Boca Raton 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.
- 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 Boca Raton, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.