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Common Risk Factors and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 12 April 2022 00:00

If you have heel pain and think you might have plantar fasciitis, assess your risk factors. Do you stand for prolonged periods of time or run excessively? Do you lead a sedentary lifestyle or have a body mass index (BMI) greater than 27? Do you pronate (turn your foot inward) excessively when you walk? Do you have high arches? Is it difficult for you to bend your ankle? Now, contemplate the pain you are experiencing. Does it feel worse when you first get out of bed in the morning, then get better after you start to move around, only to return towards the end of the day? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you are at an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis and are exhibiting its typical symptoms. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective plantar fascia tissue on the sole of the feet becomes damaged/torn and irritated. A podiatrist can make an accurate diagnosis of this most common form of heel pain and use a variety of treatments to heal the plantar fascia and relieve your pain.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact the podiatrists from The Foot & Ankle Centre of New Jersey. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Paramus, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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