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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Looking for information on plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is one of the more common types of foot pain, specifically felt in the heel area. It causes those diagnosed to experience short stabs of pain, especially in the morning.

The pain tends to lessen when one starts to move around and start their day but can return if sitting or standing in one place for too long. This foot issue tends to occur more often in runners, people who are overweight and people who wear shoes that do not provide them with the proper amount of support.


The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is foot pain. While some may experience minimal pain, others will experience extreme pain. There are definite triggers that can make it worse, which will vary from patient to patient, making it necessary for them to closely monitor their foot pain.


The plantar fascia is located in the foot and supports the arch. When there is too much tension or stress placed on the area, small tears in the plantar fascia are likely to occur. If this happens, the area can become both irritated and inflamed.


The risk factors that increase one’s chances of being diagnosed with this foot disorder include participating in certain types of exercise that place a lot of stress on the heel, working at a job that keeps one on their feet all day, having flat feet, having a high arch and being obese.


Medical foot injury treatment options include taking medications in order to relieve the pain, participating in physical therapy in order to learn stretching and strengthening exercises, getting steroid injections, choosing to undergo extracorporeal shockwave therapy and surgery. At-home foot injury treatment options include maintaining a healthy weight, wearing shoes that support the arch properly, applying ice to minimize inflammation or pain and performing simple stretches to stretch out the plantar fascia.


If you have any questions related to plantar fasciitis, feel free to contact us when you have a few moments to discuss. Living with foot pain can be extremely difficult, as it makes it hard for you to perform even your simplest everyday duties. There are treatment options available, which means that those suffering from foot pain do not have to live in pain.

In order for you to understand your treatment options, all you have to do is call us right now to make a consultation appointment. Know that we are here for you when you need us!

Looking for plantar fascitis information near the 95133 area? Call Leonard Greenwald, D.P.M. at (408) 827-9483.

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