The plantar fascia is thick band of tissue located on the bottom of the foot which connects the heel bone to the toes. It provides the body with strength and support. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed plantar fasciitis is the result. Luckily this condition is treatable.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Patients with plantar fasciitis experience a stabbing pain in the heel area. This pain is usually at its worst in the morning, but can also be triggered by periods of standing or sitting. Plantar fasciitis may make it hard to run and walk. It may also make the foot feel stiff and sensitive, which consequently makes walking barefoot difficult.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:
- Being on your feet often
- Having high arches
- Having flat feet
- Excessive running
- Sudden weight gain
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
- Ice may be used to help reduce pain and inflammation.
- Physical therapy include stretching exercises.
- Anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen.
If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, meet with your podiatrist immediately. If left untreated, symptoms may lead to tearing and over-stretching of the plantar fascia. The solution is early detection and treatment. Schedule an appointment today using our convenient online appointment request form or by calling (877) 905-5907.