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Plantar Fasciitis, The First Step Pain

Plantar fasciitis occurs when your plantar fascia (the piece of strong, thick tissue along the bottom of your foot) becomes damaged. This tissue connects your heel bone to the toes, creating the arch of the foot.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by doing activities that put stress on the heel, or if you have increased the amount of these types of activities:

    • running

    • dancing

    • aerobics

    • other sports and activities that involve jumping

It is also be caused by:

    • being flat-footed

    • having high arches

    • being 50+ years in age

    • being overweight or pregnant

    • spending a lot of time on your feet

    • wearing shoes with poor arch support or stiff soles

    • having tight or weak calf muscles

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis pain usually increases gradually and is typically felt near the heel. The pain can be sudden, occurring after missing a step or jumping from a height. It tends to be the worst when you get up in the morning or after other periods of inactivity. That’s why it is known as first-step pain. The pain may also appear more intense in bare feet or in shoes with minimal support.

When should I see my doctor?

Plantar fasciitis can go away on its own, but it can take more than a year for the pain to subside. Without treatment, complications can occur. It’s better to see your doctor and start non-surgical treatments right away. Doctors may suggest rest, icing and medication, physical therapy, steroid injections or in severe cases, surgery.

Can plantar fasciitis be prevented?

There are ways to reduce your risk of plantar fasciitis. Try to:

    • maintain a healthy weight

    • choose supportive shoes

    • warm up before doing physical activity

About Greater Orlando Orthopedic Group

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