Plantar Fasciitis

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

If you’ve ever experienced pain that radiates from the bottom of your foot to your heel, you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a collection of thick tissues at the bottom of each foot; it is also the muscle grouping that runs between the toes and the bone that makes up your heel. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it can cause pain – this is known as plantar fasciitis.

In many cases, plantar fasciitis is worse when waking up or after long periods of standing or sitting.

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Symptoms

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a pain in the bottom of the foot when you walk. If you find that you’re feeling this pain, particularly after long periods of inactivity, then you should reach out to a doctor!

Casuses and Risk Factors

The plantar fascia (the thick muscle band that connects the toes to the heel) acts as the main support for the foot arch, meaning that it’s the shock-absorbing part of the foot. However, as it absorbs the shocks from walking, it can sometimes suffer from stress and tension that can create tears in the area. When the plantar fascia is torn and stretched repeatedly, it can become inflamed, which will cause pain.

Risk factors include: weight, age, active hobbies, and high arches/flat feet.

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Treatment

Many patients can fully recover with simple, minimally-invasive treatment plans. These plans ask for icing the area, stretching, and avoiding hobbies and sports that might cause more pain. Medications might also be suggested to handle the pain and lower the amount of inflammation.

In more severe cases and in situations where conservative treatment plans don’t succeed, a doctor might recommend physical therapy, splints, walking boots, and orthotics. In more severe cases, surgery is another option to explore with your orthopedic doctor.

Takeaway

Plantar fasciitis is a common ailment that is characterized by pain in the bottom of the foot. There are treatments available to help and you don’t need to continue to suffer! Our team of expert orthopedic specialists can help you on your road to recovery. Contact us today!

Additional Resources

Plantar fasciitis- Mayo Clinic

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