Face Your Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is something that can cause a great amount of pain to your heel for many reasons. It’s important that you understand the significance of plantar fasciitis so that you can face it accordingly.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

It is the inflammation of muscle tissue on the bottom of your foot. When there is stretching in the plantar fascia zone, heel swelling occurs. Plantar fasciitis produces a tender pain first thing in the morning. If your plantar fascia rips at the heel bone, it will become inflamed.

How Do I Develop It?

The chances of developing plantar fasciitis increases if you use shoes that have soft soles, if you stand for long periods of time, if you are obese or if you are elderly. Flat feet can also elevate the risks of having plantar fasciitis, as can Achilles tendonitis since it will cause damage to the calf muscles, which can lead to heel pain and strain. Plantar fasciitis can become an ongoing pain that affects you throughout the day.

How Can I Get Rid of the Pain?

  • Take part in physical therapy to manage pain. It can reinforce your leg muscles and thereby provide support when mobile. These actions help to lessen the amount of burden put on your plantar fascia. Stretching can be an important component.

  • Use ice on the swollen portion to reduce swelling.

  • Lower the number of sporting activities you take part in to aid in recovery.

  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and which provide ample support. 

  • Use custom orthotic inserts.

  • You may choose to entertain surgical methods to repair a damaged plantar fascia that cannot recover with conservative treatment methods.

Here at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, will do his best to determine the cause of your plantar fasciitis so that the appropriate treatment can be rendered. We have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Please call our office at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or use our convenient online appointment request form to schedule a visit. Check out our Patient Education library for further information.