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Definition and Root Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a common ailment that affects the feet, reveals itself as an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. This vital ligament plays a pivotal role in supporting the arch of the foot and absorbing shock during movement. The onset of plantar fasciitis often stems from repetitive stress or overuse, manifesting in micro-tears that lead to inflammation and pain. Contributing factors can include excessive standing, walking, or running, especially on hard surfaces, as well as wearing ill-fitting footwear that fails to provide adequate support. Tight calf muscles and abnormal foot mechanics can also contribute to the strain on the plantar fascia. Understanding the definition and causes of plantar fasciitis enables individuals to adopt preventive measures. If you have developed plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can help you with effective treatment methods, in addition to providing you with relief techniques for this painful condition.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Eddy Caldwell  from Foot Care of Northeast Arkansas, P.A.. 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 Jonesboro, AR . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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