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Dr. Frank Henry- Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain

Jun 29, 2022

Approximately “4% to 7% of the population experiences heel pain,” and 80% of that percentage suffers from plantar fasciitis, a primary cause behind heel pain. Pain from plantar fasciitis happens suddenly, especially in the morning and after pressure is exerted on the heel bone. According to Dr. Marc Legere, who specializes in sports and physical medicine, muscle weakness in the muscles that support the arch of the foot as well as improper gait can both lead to the development of plantar fasciitis as the plantar fascia is pulled on.

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.

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