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Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Pain)

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is caused by repeated strain on the plantar fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bone to the toes, supporting the arch of the foot. A strained plantar fascia causes weakness, swelling, and inflammation in.

Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. Contact us immediately to determine the underlying source of your heel pain.

 

Causes

The most common cause of this condition relates to the faulty structure of the foot.

You have a greater chance of developing plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Are middle-aged or older.
  • Walk with an inward twist or roll of the foot (pronation), have high arches or flat feet.
  • Are overweight or suddenly gain a lot of weight.
  • Have tight Achilles tendons (which attach the calf muscles to the heel bones) or tight calf muscles.

 

Some habits and activities may increase the stress on your feet, such as:

  • Wearing shoes with poor cushioning.
  • Walking or running without being conditioned for these activities.
  • Changing your walking or running surface (for example, from grass to concrete).
  • Having a job that involves prolonged standing on hard surfaces.
  • Becoming an athlete or a member of the military.

 

Symptoms

Contact us if you notice:

  • Pain on the bottom of the heel
  • Pain in the arch of the foot
  • Pain that is usually worse upon arising
  • Pain that increases over a period of months
  • Swelling on the bottom of the heel

 

The pain may be worse when you get up in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time. After a few minutes of walking, the pain decreases because walking stretches the fascia. The pain might return after spending long periods of time on your feet.

 

Our Approach

To arrive at a diagnosis, we will obtain your medical history and examine your foot. Throughout this process, we will examine all possible causes for your heel pain.

In addition, diagnostic imaging studies, such as x-rays or other imaging modalities, may be used to establish an evaluation.

Surgery is usually not needed. About 95 out of 100 people who have plantar fasciitis are able to relieve heel pain without surgery. We may consider surgery if nonsurgical treatment has not helped and heel pain is restricting your daily activities.

 

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