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Plantar Fasciitis Causes Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. Symptoms typically include sharp heel pain, especially with the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. The condition often arises from overuse, repetitive strain, or biomechanical issues like flat feet or high arches. While inflammation is initially involved, chronic cases may involve degeneration of the plantar fascia tissue. Treatment options vary depending on the stage of the condition, including rest and stretching exercises,  custom-made orthotic inserts, and corticosteroid injections. Diagnosis is typically based on clinical examination and may include imaging studies such as X-rays or ultrasound to rule out other possible causes of heel pain. If you have persistent or worsening heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a chiropodist for treatment.

Plantar fasciitis can be painful and interfere with your daily activities. If you are experiencing foot or heel pain and believe you may be afflicted with plantar fasciitis, please consult with one of the chiropodists from Complete Family Footcare & Therapy. Our clinicians will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as running or jumping, can injure the plantar fascia over time. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by flat feet, high arches, pregnancy, and activities that put excessive pressure on your feet, like standing all day for work. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it causes pain and discomfort. 


Typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stabbing pain near the heel

  • Pain that is worst in the morning or after a period of rest

  • Pain that increases after exercising

  • Swelling

  • Tightness in the Achilles tendon


Plantar fasciitis is typically diagnosed via medical history and physical examination. 


Treatments for plantar fasciitis include resting and icing the affected foot, stretching the foot, taking medications to reduce inflammation, and wearing orthotics. In severe cases where pain does not improve with conservative treatments, injections or surgery may be recommended. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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