Common questions about the plantar fascia
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot. It is often a consequence of injury and degeneration. His can be due to overuse, overweight or other conditions.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Patients at Reform Podiatry Camden often report their plantar fasciitis to feel like a dull ache under their heel to a sharp shooting or burning pain under the heel.
Symptoms are often reported to be most obvious post rest. This can be getting out of bed in the morning or after getting off the lounge. Other patients at the Camden clinic report pain after activity such as a long day at work or a run.
What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?
Causes of an injured plantar fascia can include:
- Overuse – most obvious through COVID especially, a lot of people have increased their physical activity significantly. This may been walking more or running more, which causes microtears through the plantar fascia resulting in pain.
- Flat feet – over pronation causes excessive tension through the fascia and its insertion point (where it connects to the heel)
- High arched feet – inadequate pronation also results in excessive tension through all phases of gait (the way we walk)
- Incorrect or unsupportive shoes. Poor fitting shoes effect the way the foot loads
- Medical conditions – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Lupus
- Obesity – increases compressive plantar forces on the feet resulting in inflammation and degeneration
How can you diagnose plantar fasciitis?
Your expert Camden Podiatrist can diagnose your injury through a number of ways. A combination of physical examination and history taking. Often the plantar fascia is swollen, tight and tender to touch. To rule out other injuries, we can refer on for an ultrasound and x-ray.
How long does plantar fasciitis last?
If diagnosed correctly early and promptly your Camden foot Doctor can start treatment early, giving it the best opportunity to resolve quickly often within weeks. If left untreated for an extended period of time, it becomes resistant to treatment making it increasingly difficult to resolve. This means it will take longer to repair and will require more intensive treatment.
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