Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue on the bottom of your foot is stretched too far or becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia creates the arch of your foot, connecting the heel bone to your toes. If this tissue is overused, it may become painful and could turn into a chronic (long-lasting) condition if not treated.
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Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Common signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Stiffness on the sole of your foot
- Swelling or redness
- Dull or sharp pain in your heel
- Aching or burning on the bottom of your foot
Symptoms tend to be felt more often in the morning, while climbing stairs, during vigorous activity, or after sitting, walking, or standing on a hard surface for a while.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury. That means overstretching or overusing this band of tissue causes the condition. Overstretching can occur during your daily activities. For example, running or walking on hard or uneven surfaces, or running downhill and wearing soft-soled shoes or shoes without enough arch support may cause it.
A number of conditions can cause plantar fasciitis, including:
- A tight calf muscle or Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel, that limits ankle flexibility
- Flat feet or high arches in the feet
- Obesity or sudden weight gain
Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
The most important step you can take for both treating and preventing plantar fasciitis is gently stretching the foot to make sure the plantar fascia remains flexible. Other preventive measures include gently stretching the calf muscle and Achilles tendon in the morning and before exercising. It is also important to wear proper shoes to support your feet.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment with Dignity Health
When you visit one of our orthopedists with plantar fasciitis, we will work with you to find the right treatment option for your unique needs. Our treatment options for pain relief include taking over-the-counter painkillers, applying an ice pack to the affected foot several times a day, or using shoe inserts.
To help plantar fasciitis heal, you can wear a splint overnight to stretch your foot. Other treatments include wearing a boot cast for several weeks or having steroid injections in your heel. Surgery is another option. However, your orthopedist will usually try other treatments first.
Reach out to Dignity Health today to catch plantar fasciitis early and help you stay active.
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