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Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis Unveiled

Plantar fasciitis, a commn cause of heel pain, is a condition that occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed and irritated. Several common factors contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. One primary cause is excessive or repetitive strain on the feet. This often results from activities that place a significant burden on the plantar fascia, like prolonged standing, walking, or running, especially on hard surfaces. Footwear with inadequate arch support or cushioning can exacerbate the condition. Sudden weight gain or obesity is another contributing factor, as it places additional pressure on the feet. Tight calf muscles and Achilles tendons can also lead to plantar fasciitis by altering the mechanics of the foot, affecting the way it absorbs shock and distributes weight. Understanding these common causes is essential for both preventing and managing plantar fasciitis. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Nassau Foot & Ankle. Our doctors 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 offices located in Oceanside, Franklin Square, and East Norwich, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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