July 20, 2017

Plantar Fasciitis

When It Hurts to Walk

Plantar fasciitis is fairly common in people who run, but this painful foot problem can happen to almost anyone. The condition takes its name from the plantar fascia, a thick tissue band running across the entire bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. When it becomes inflamed, the pain can be severe and debilitating.

People with plantar fasciitis experience stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot, often just after getting out of bed. The pain lessens with walking but can return after sitting or standing. The cause of this painful condition is unclear but people who are long distance runners, are overweight, or who wear shoes without adequate support such as flip flops are more at risk.

Don’t ignore the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Not treating the problem can allow the condition to become chronic and hinder daily activities. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help lessen the pain, but evaluation by a skilled podiatrist is the best course of action. After a complete exam, your podiatrist might recommend special stretching/strengthening exercises, physical therapy, orthotics, or one of several state-of-the-art non surgical procedures designed to alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Learn more about our skilled, experienced podiatrists who are ready to help with all your foot issues.