What is the Main Cause of Plantar Fasciitis?

You get up in the morning, set your feet on the ground and then stand up: Right away, you feel a familiar stabbing pain in your heel. The pain is caused by plantar fasciitis, a very common condition affecting millions of Americans.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by an inflamed plantar fascia, the ligament running from the heel of your foot to your toes. This thick band of tissue acts as a shock absorber, but it is not immune to inflammation.

Risk factors include:

  • Obesity and being overweight
  • Being between the ages of 40-60
  • Certain strenuous sports activities, including running and dancing
  • Spending long hours on your feet

These contributing factors put tension and strain on the plantar fascia. Eventually, small tears may develop in the fascia, leading to inflammation and irritation.

You may notice heel pain when you stand up after having been seated for a long time, such as after a plane ride or a long family meal. You may notice it after exercising – most people don’t experience the pain during exercise although it’s possible to. Heel pain may worsen after a day of wearing unsupportive shoes or after an activity that you don’t normally engage in (i.e. a long hike after a period of inactivity).

Rely on Dr. Anas Khoury to determine whether you are experiencing plantar fasciitis and to recommend effective treatments. Most cases can be diagnosed with an exam of the affected area. Less commonly, an X-ray or other imaging may be ordered if there is reason to suspect a foot fracture or other issues causing your heel pain.

Treatment commonly includes:

  • Resting the foot
  • Physical therapy to stretch the fascia and calf muscles
  • Icing the foot
  • Prescription orthotic inserts
  • Cortisone injections
  • Anti-inflammatory, over-the-counter medications

If you think you may be experiencing plantar fasciitis, please contact Northeastern Foot & Ankle to arrange an appointment. Don’t ignore the pain. Left untreated, this condition may only get worse, and you may find yourself changing your posture or the way you walk in order to compensate for the discomfort. Dr. Khoury can help you find a better way to alleviate heel pain in Passaic, NJ. Call our team at 973-473-6665.