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 is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Henrietta Obidigbo, DPM from Jersey Foot and Ankle Clinic. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Having high arches in your feet
- Other foot issues such as flat feet
- Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
- Being on your feet very often
There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.
- Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
- Maintain a healthy weight
- If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain
There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Freehold, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.