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What Can Increase the Risk of Getting Plantar Fasciitis?

Monday, 19 October 2020 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot. The most common symptom of this condition is a sharp or stabbing pain in the heel or arch of the foot. The pain is often worse in the morning after a period of inactivity, however, pain may also be worse after long periods of standing, walking, or running. Certain risk factors can make one more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. These include being overweight, participating in activities that repeatedly put pressure on or stretch your foot, being between the ages of 40 and 60, having abnormal foot mechanics, having flat feet, having a tight Achilles tendon, standing all day, wearing shoes that do not have arch support, and suddenly changing your activities. If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, please see a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and advised plan of treatment. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM  from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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