A very common cause of heel pain and here are some not so very common pieces of advice on taking care of what we call plantar fasciitis. The ligament that connects your toes to your heel bone is called the plantar fascia and if you didn’t know it already the plantar fascia supports your foot arch! Plantar Fasciitis is super common in athletes and middle-aged people. The plantar fascia can become weak or swollen if it is strained which will make it difficult to do basic things such as walking.
Let’s see what causes Plantar Fasciitis
In a nutshell, plantar fasciitis is caused by strain in the ligament that supports your foot arch. A strain that is recurring can cause small tears within the ligament. Many people see the symptoms of plantar fasciitis when they have flat feet or the opposite of that, high arches. Those two can be prevented by wearing footwear that fits properly or using correct arch support products. One of the other causes of plantar fasciitis that we see at our clinic is inward foot rolling when walking.
Watching the symptoms
The pain from plantar fasciitis happens most often when you first stand up or walk. This can be from sitting for a while or waking up in the morning. Those first couple steps are probably going to be the peak of your stiffness/pain since the pain may slowly wear as the day continues. Similar to the first set of symptoms we listed, standing for a while may also trigger the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
Taking action on Plantar Fasciitis
By all means, if you have any of the symptoms we listed in the last paragraph we urge you to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. We can’t say exactly what will happen when our doctors meet with you but here is a brief idea of what you can expect when visiting us. The way you walk and stand will be examined. We may ask questions about your past health or injuries you recently had. With all of this information you provide, we will decide what the next steps may be. If you have any questions you would like to ask prior to coming in please contact us.
Like any painful condition in your feet or ankles, it could have been built up over time. With the right diagnosis and treatment, you will be on the right track to losing the pain that comes along with plantar fasciitis. The timeline for pain to be relieved with our treatments vary on a case by case basis.
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