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Common Symptoms and Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis causes pain in the heel and the bottom of the foot, particularly during the first steps in the morning. This condition occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed or strained. The primary symptom is sharp, stabbing pain near the heel, especially after long periods of standing or intense physical activity. The causes of plantar fasciitis include excessive strain on the feet, high-impact activities, flat feet, or wearing non-supportive shoes. Obesity, tight calf muscles, and aging can also increase the risk. Addressing the underlying causes through proper footwear, stretching exercises, and weight management, are vital steps in managing plantar fasciitis. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose plantar fasciitis and offer correct treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our doctors  from New England Foot & Ankle . 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 our offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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