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Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Sometimes aching feet are simply a result of standing for too long or overdoing an activity. But certain types of foot pain may indicate more serious arch and heel problems, the most common of which is plantar fasciitis. If you experience sharp pains in the feet when you first get up in the morning, it can be a sign of plantar fasciitis because the muscles in the feet tighten up overnight. Likewise, if you feel pain in the heels after exercising, and inflammation becomes chronic, plantar fasciitis may be indicated. Arthritis may be an underlying cause of plantar fasciitis and the heel pain it brings. Osteoporosis, which is a thinning of the bones, can contribute to stress fractures that may change the way you move or walk. This shifting of weight can cause foot pain to increase and add to the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. If you believe you may have plantar fasciitis, please make an appointment with a podiatrist for an examination and diagnosis.  

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact our podiatrists  from CNY Foot Surgery & Podiatry 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 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 East Syracuse, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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