The strong tendon found on the bottom of the foot which connects the heel to the toes is called the plantar fascia. Inflammation or a tear to this tendon can be quite uncomfortable and result in plantar fasciitis. This condition can be caused by frequently running on uneven surfaces or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Many people who stand for the majority of the day may develop plantar fasciitis, in addition to pregnant women due to the extra weight their feet must bear. While pregnancy is a temporary condition, obesity may be a more permanent one, and this can put constant pressure on the plantar fascia. Studies suggest that people who have poor circulation may slowly develop plantar fasciitis because of the loss of blood flow to the feet. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can offer you permanent treatment solutions.
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 Fox Valley Foot and Ankle Specialists. 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 Naperville, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.