Plantar Fasciitis: The Most Common Source of Heel Pain

The plantar fascia is a fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. Through extended overuse, improper footwear, obesity, or certain athletic activities, the plantar fascia can become overly stretched or torn, which can cause pain, inflammation and stiffness in the area—otherwise identified as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a very common source of heel pain affecting one in ten people throughout their lifetime. Runners and other athletes that put stress on their heels or play on hard surfaces, as well as older people, those who are overweight, work on their feet all day, or have high or fallen arches are most often impacted by plantar fasciitis. You can help reduce your chances of developing plantar fasciitis by keeping your weight down, stretching properly before engaging in any physical activity, replacing shoes with worn out heels or soles, and choosing shoes with proper cushioning and support in the arch, sole, and heel. To learn more about being proactive against plantar fasciitis, or to treat it properly if it has occurred, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel  from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. 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
  • 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 office located in Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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