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Definition and Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, an often debilitating foot condition, emerges as a result of inflammation in the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes. This inflammation occurs when the tissue endures excessive stress or strain, leading to small tears and irritation. The plantar fascia plays a vital role in supporting the arch of the foot, and when subjected to prolonged or repetitive stress, it becomes vulnerable to damage. The primary cause of plantar fasciitis is often attributed to overuse or excessive strain on the feet, commonly seen in activities like running, standing for extended periods, or wearing unsupportive footwear. Factors such as obesity, high arches, or abnormal foot mechanics can further increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Judson Siegel, DPM  from Assabet Family Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Plainville, Marlborough, and Somerset, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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