Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that can cause debilitating pain. It may compromise the ability to complete daily activities and medical treatment is eventually sought. It is a condition that affects the plantar fascia, which is defined as a band of tissue on the sole of the foot that connects the heels to the toes. An injury can cause the plantar fascia to become irritated or torn, which may happen from running on hard or uneven surfaces. It may also occur from gradual or sudden weight gain, in addition to wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Some people have a tight Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel. This may result in severe heel pain, which can be a symptom of plantar fasciitis. Patients who have developed this condition may notice the pain is worse in the morning upon arising and the affected foot may be swollen and red. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can offer you effective treatment options.
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 one of our podiatrists from New Tampa 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 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?
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.
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 Wesley Chapel, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.