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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 can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Rosa Roman  from Ankle and Foot Center. 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 office located in Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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