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How Did I Get Plantar Fasciitis?

Monday, 24 August 2020 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes a sharp, stabbing pain near the heel. This condition is caused by injury to the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. This injury causes inflammation, which in turn causes pain. Running, participating in sports that are hard on the feet, and even standing for prolonged periods of time can bring about plantar fasciitis. People who have flat feet are also at an increased risk, as flat feet have a tendency to roll inward excessively while you walk and run, potentially leading to injuries. There is an association between body weight and developing plantar fasciitis. The higher your body weight, the more likely you are to experience foot pain. If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, it is recommended that you consult with a podiatrist for treatment.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Kevin H. Lapoff  from Lake Worth Podiatry. 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 Lake Worth, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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