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Causes, Symptoms, and Possible Relief Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 22 August 2023 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, a common and often distressing foot condition, can disrupt daily routines with its sharp heel pain. This ailment arises from inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Causes can vary, including repetitive stress, wearing poor-fitting footwear, and obesity. Symptoms can manifest as intense pain upon waking or after periods of rest, and gradually easing with movement. Relief techniques can include performing stretching exercises targeting the calf muscles and plantar fascia, helping to relieve tension. Orthotic shoe inserts can provide support and distribute pressure. Taking anti-inflammatory medications can be beneficial, and for more severe cases, medical interventions such as surgery may be considered. By addressing the underlying triggers and adopting a combination of remedies, individuals can gradually step back into pain-free mobility. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM  from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. 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 one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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