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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the tissue on the bottom of your foot, causes heel pain and discomfort and often worsens with physical activity. Risk factors include activities stressing your heel, being overweight, pregnant, or having high arches. Beyond heel pain, symptoms of plantar fasciitis include aching, burning, or swelling. This discomfort is typically most pronounced in the morning or after prolonged sitting, standing, or activity. Causes vary from playing sports to being on your feet a lot, poor arch support, or tight calf muscles. Treatment involves rest, wearing supportive footwear, using orthotics, and stretching the affected area. In severe cases, steroid injections or surgery might be considered. Prevention includes maintaining a healthy weight, wearing supportive shoes, warming up before exercise, and allowing recovery between physical activities. If you have heel pain and suspect you might have plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Scott Matthews, DPM, MD  from Salem Foot Care . 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 Wikesboro, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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