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Can Stretching Help Plantar Fasciitis?

Tuesday, 14 June 2022 00:00

The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis affects the heel and the arch. It happens as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot. It connects the heel to the toe. This problem is often painful. This is a common foot condition among athletes or in people who stand for long periods of time throughout the day. Plantar fasciitis gradually develops, and can cause pain while walking upon arising in the morning. Additionally, it may occur from genetic factors, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from running on uneven surfaces. Many patients are aware of stretches that can be practiced which may bring mild relief. These can include a heel drop which is done by standing on a step, and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Range of motion exercises can be done that may help to generally increase the strength of the overall foot. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Eveleigh Williams, DPM from Sole 2 Sole, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Olympia Fields, IL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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