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What Can Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

Having an abnormal foot structure, like flat feet or high arches, may be a contributing factor in the development of the condition known as plantar fasciitis. Additionally, this ailment may develop from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, or from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. This ailment is defined as an inflamed plantar fascia and can cause severe pain and discomfort. Research has shown that patients who are obese may also develop plantar fasciitis, and this may be a result of the added weight the feet must endure. A typical symptom that is associated with this condition can consist of severe heel and arch pain, and it may be more prevalent in the morning upon rising. Some patients have found mild relief when specific stretches are frequently performed, as this may help to heal the injured plantar fascia. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can guide you toward treatment options that are correct for you.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our clinicians  from The Footcare Centre. Our podiatrists 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 podiatrist 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 Weybridge, UK . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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