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How Did I Get Plantar Fasciitis?

Monday, 22 February 2021 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a foot injury in which the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes sharp, stabbing pain in the heel that is typically at its worst in the morning or when you rest after walking, running, or standing. Plantar fasciitis is often the result of overuse. Athletes and people who engage in excessive running, jogging, walking, or dancing are more likely to develop this condition. Other factors that increase your risk of getting plantar fasciitis include suddenly increasing your level of activity, having arthritis, obesity, having flat feet or high arches, and wearing shoes that do not fit properly. For more information about plantar fasciitis, please consult with a podiatrist.

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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