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Gregory Loo, DPM Board Certified Podiatrist and Surgeon

Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 21 May 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, called the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It is characterized primarily by a sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel. This pain is often more pronounced in the morning when taking the first steps of the day, or after long periods of sitting or standing. The pain may flare up with intense activity but typically worsens after, not during, the exercise. Other symptoms include swelling and tenderness in the heel area. Plantar fasciitis is particularly prevalent in runners, overweight individuals, and those whose jobs require long hours on their feet. Wearing shoes with inadequate support exacerbates the problem in those with plantar fasciitis. Effective treatment involves rest, stretching exercises, and proper footwear. If you have heel pain and suspect plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult with a podiatrist, or foot doctor, for care. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Gregory T. Loo, DPM  from Elite Podiatry. 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 one of our offices located in Ahwatukee, and Phoenix, AZ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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