Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes heel pain, often described as a stabbing sensation. One leading factor is excessive or repetitive stress on the plantar fascia, a band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes. This stress can result from activities such as running, standing for extended periods, or wearing inadequate footwear. Obesity can also contribute to plantar fasciitis, as the extra weight increases pressure on the feet. Tight calf muscles and inadequate stretching can lead to an abnormal gait, putting strain on the fascia. Furthermore, age and certain foot arch types may play a role in developing this condition. Recognizing these causes can guide individuals in making lifestyle adjustments and seeking timely treatment to alleviate plantar fasciitis and regain comfort in their daily lives. If you have developed plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you appropriate treatment methods.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM from Georgia. 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
- 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 Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.