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Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?

Tuesday, 09 August 2022 00:00

Of all the different potential sources of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is certainly one of the most common. In fact, a wide range of people are affected by this condition. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. Since plantar fasciitis can be very common, it is important to be aware of the many different typical symptoms. Commonly, those suffering from plantar fasciitis will experience some kind of pain in the heel or the arch of their foot, since the plantar fascia also supports the arch. If you notice that the pain in your heel is most pronounced in the morning when you take your first steps of the day or when you begin to walk after an extended period of rest, this could be an indicator of plantar fasciitis. If you suspect that you may have plantar fasciitis, it is suggested to contact a podiatrist as soon as possible. A podiatrist will then be able to perform a proper diagnosis by examining your feet and inquiring about your amount of regular physical activity. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact the podiatrists  from New England Family Foot Care. 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 office located in Milton, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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