Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a common complaint, that our Podiatrist in Camden treats.

What is the Plantar Fascia you ask? The Plantar Fascia is the band of tissue under your feet that connects your heel to your toes forming the ‘arch’ of the foot. It is a tough, inelastic collagen multilayered sheet, that assists in propelling your foot off of the ground when walking.

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the ‘arch’. It is the most common cause of heel and arch pain, that our podiatrist in Camden treats.

What are symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?:

  • Painful heels or arches after rest
  • Improving pain as the foot warms up
  • Painful heels or arches after activity
  • Stabbing pain in the heel
  • Bruise like pain in the heel
  • Radiating pain from the heel to the arch

How do you get Plantar Fasciitis?:

  • Overuse
  • Flat feet – over pronation causes excessive/constant tension through the fascia and its insertion point
  • High arched feet – inadequate pronation also results in excessive tension through the walking cycle
  • Continued traction at its insertion points
  • Incorrect or unsupportive shoes
  • Medical conditions – Rheumatoid Arthritis, Peripheral Vascular Disease, Lupus
  • Medication
  • High intensity physical activity
  • Obesity – increases compressive plantar forces

What can we do for your Plantar Fasciitis?

In many cases, your foot pain will resolve on its own. However, if you find your foot pain is no longer improving or in fact worsening – book an appointment with your Podiatrist.

How do you treat Plantar Fasciitis?

Treatment is varied, and is determined on the reason for pain, however it can include:

  • Rest
  • Pain control medication
  • The application of heat/ice
  • Stretches or strengthening

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