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Heel Pain Can Indicate Plantar Fasciitis

The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis is considered to be the most common cause of heel pain. It happens when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, which is the portion of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It is located on the bottom of the foot and can become weak and swollen when torn or irritated. This condition can happen for various reasons, including standing on hard or uneven surfaces for most of the day or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. People who frequently run may be prone to developing plantar fasciitis, as a result of the consistent pressure the plantar fascia endures. Additionally, existing medical conditions may gradually lead to getting this ailment, consisting of obesity, having tight calves, or a shortened Achilles tendon. Some patients find relief in performing the heel raise stretch, which is done by standing on a step, and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle pull is felt. Rolling the foot on a tennis ball may help to stretch the bottom of the foot while strengthening it at the same time. Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that is treated by a podiatrist, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can help you to find relief.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from William Street Podiatry. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in William Street in New York, NY, Madison Avenue, New York, NY, Forest Hills, NY, and Broadway in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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