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What Can I Do to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis?

Monday, 10 August 2020 00:00

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, is one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults. This is unsurprising, as the plantar fascia can undergo heavy wear and tear from our daily habits and activities. Some of the things that can put the plantar fascia at an increased risk of injury are wearing poorly-fitted shoes, sudden weight gain which puts increased pressure on the feet, excessive or very intense exercise routines, standing for prolonged periods of time, and abnormalities in the way you walk. There are several things that you can do that may prevent plantar fasciitis. Wearing comfortable, properly-fitted shoes or using orthotic inserts can help support the plantar fascia during walking, standing, and other physical activities. It is also important to rest your feet regularly, which can reduce foot strain. Stretching your feet may help prevent plantar fasciitis as well, as stretching increases your foot’s flexibility and resistance to injury. For more information on what you can do to prevent plantar fasciitis, or to learn about treatment options if you are experiencing foot pain, consult a podiatrist today.

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?

  • 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.

Prevention

  • 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 one of our offices located in Wesley Chapel and Tampa, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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