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The Heel, Arch, and Plantar Fasciitis

Wednesday, 07 September 2022 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that can produce severe pain and discomfort. It occurs as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that is found on the bottom of the foot. The function of the plantar fascia is to connect the toes to the heels, in addition to absorbing shock that comes from standing, walking, and running. There are several reasons why it can become damaged or inflamed. These can include wearing shoes that do not have adequate support for the overall foot, or possibly from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. The pain is felt in the heel and arch area, and wearing custom-made orthotics may possibly help the severity of the pain. Some mild relief methods may include wearing shoes that are comfortable and fit correctly, and frequently performing foot stretches and low-impact exercises. Additionally, it is beneficial to replace shoes once they show significant wear and tear. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose plantar fasciitis, and offer correct treatment options to you. 

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 Dr. Richard DiMario from Maine. Our doctor 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 York, ME . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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