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Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is found on the sole of the foot and consists of tissues that are tightly packed under the skin. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by heel pain when these tissues become inflamed and irritated from various things. These can include standing on hard or uneven surfaces for most of the day, or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. It may also happen from weight gain, or from repetitive motion while performing specific activities. Having poor circulation may also lead to developing plantar fasciitis, as a result of reduced blood flow to the plantar fascia. It is beneficial to wear shoes that have a cushioned heel, and this may help to prevent plantar fasciitis. There are also stretches that can be done which can strengthen the plantar fascia. These can include standing on a step while lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you find treatment and relief remedies for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Barbara J. Aung, DPM  from Aung Foot Health Clinic . 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 our office located in Tuscon, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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