Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It's due to inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia). It usually results in a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, near the heel.
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, don't hesitate to book a consultation with us here at Therapeutics Unlimited. We are eager to listen to your symptoms and discuss with you ways to treat them. We want you to get back to your normal lifestyle routine as much as you do!
Your plantar fascia is in the shape of a bowstring, supporting the arch of your foot and absorbing shock when you walk. If tension and stress on this bowstring become too great, small tears can occur in the fascia. Repeated stretching and tearing can irritate or inflame the fascia, though the causes of plantar fasciitis aren't always obvious.
It's not uncommon to feel sharps pains right after you get out of bed in the morning and take your first steps. After you've walked around a bit, though, the pain typically subsides. It might come back, however, after you've been standing a long time or when you stand up after having sat for quite a while.
Many people who run for sporting reasons have plantar fasciitis. (The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.) People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate or improper support also increase their risk of getting this ailment.
Though plantar fasciitis can develop without an apparent reason, some factors can increase your risk of developing this condition. They include: being between the ages of 40 and 60; activities that put a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue; flat feet, a high arch or even an abnormal pattern of walking can affect the way your weight is distributed when you're standing, and it can put added stress on the plantar fascia; obesity; and occupations that require a lot of standing.
It's best to seek treatment for plantar fasciitis as soon as possible. At the office of Therapeutics Unlimited, we appreciate that every patient is unique. We're dedicated to presenting all of your available options and delivering the results you expect. For more information about how we can treat your plantar fasciitis, as well as all of the services we offer, call us to make an appointment with us today!
By Therapeutics Unlimited
December 17, 2019