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Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 07 May 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a broad ligament that lies under the foot, becomes inflamed due to repetitive stress or strain. The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing heel pain that can also radiate along the arch or sole of the foot. It typically worsens in the morning or after prolonged rest but often subsides with movement. Swelling and redness around the heel and arch area may accompany inflammation, and the affected area may feel tender or puffy. Stiffness and tightness in the foot can worsen throughout the day with increased activity. Discomfort in the foot's arch is also a common symptom of plantar fasciitis, limiting mobility and affecting daily activities. Pain and discomfort in the Achilles tendon may result from altered foot movement patterns caused by this condition. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, it's suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a thorough evaluation and personalized treatment plan.  

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 one of our podiatrists from Central Ohio Comprehensive 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 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 one of our offices located in Delaware and Westerville, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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