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Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain in the heel and sometimes the arches of the foot. Heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis is one of the more common reasons why patients seek a consultation with one of our clinicians at Bay Area Foot Care Sacramento.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused by overexertion of the foot, which in turn leads to tears in the plantar fascia (the ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes), but the cause is not always apparent. These tears become inflamed, which causes pain.
The pain is most often apparent and at its worst when taking the first steps of the day, but after walking for a time, the pain will normally decrease or even go away. The pain will often return after resting or standing still for long periods of time.
Which Factors Can Contribute to Developing Plantar Fasciitis?
There are various activities and groups of people who are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Among these are:
Certain Types of Exercise
Some activities place extreme levels of stress on the heel and soft tissues in the foot, in turn leading to greater susceptibility to plantar fasciitis. These include long-distance running, long jumping, and dancing (particularly ballet and similar disciplines.)
Plantar fasciitis does not discriminate based on age, though it is more commonly found in those between the ages of 40 and 60.
The soft tissue of the foot is easily stressed by larger loads. Rapid weight gain or chronic obesity often contribute to the development of tears in the plantar fascia that lead to plantar fasciitis.
Abnormal foot conditions like an abnormal gait, high arches, or flatfoot often place increased amounts of stress on the foot and exacerbate the conditions which lead to plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis, through painful, is not always serious in the short term. If the pain is ignored, the discomfort will often cause a person to alter the way they walk, which over the long term can lead to new complications in the feet, knees, hips, and even back.
If you suspect you may have plantar fasciitis, we recommend a consultation with one of our experienced clinicians. Treatment is generally quite simple and non-invasive, and it often includes physical therapy, orthotics, and/or night splints.
In severe cases, a podiatrist may recommend more involved treatment options like injections, extracorporeal shock wave therapy (using sound waves to stimulate healing), the Tenex procedure, or in extreme cases surgery. Tenex is a minimally invasive procedure done in the clinic. It involves a small incision, through which scar tissue is removed.
A visit to Bay Area Foot Care in Sacramento and a consultation with one of our clinicians will help anyone who suspects they have plantar fasciitis. Our staff can recommend various ways to reduce and even eliminate the effects of plantar fasciitis as well as provide tips to reduce the risk of developing the condition again.
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