Pain under the heel, especially if you are a jogger or runner, may be a sign that you have plantar fasciitis. This condition affects the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of your foot. It is more common with older people, especially women, but can also be the result of repetitive stress, which causes inflammation. This results in pain that may feel worse if you stand a lot or put pressure on your heel. Being overweight also contributes to the discomfort. One thing you can do is cease the activities that are likely causing or aggravating the condition. Taking anti-inflammatory medication may help to dull the pain. Several stretches can help reduce or alleviate the symptoms. For severe cases, it is suggested that you see a podiatrist who can prescribe custom orthotics, administer injections to the affected area, and offer other solutions, such as ultrasound therapy or even surgery.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dennis Grandy, DPM from California. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Having high arches in your feet
- Other foot issues such as flat feet
- Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
- Being on your feet very often
There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.
- Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain
There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Sacramento, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.