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Is Your Heel Pain From Plantar Fasciitis?

Tuesday, 24 October 2023 00:00

Determining the root cause of heel pain can be challenging, especially when other conditions like arthritis or tarsal tunnel syndrome come into play. Plantar fasciitis is a leading culprit behind heel pain. It is characterized by sharp pain, inflammation, and tenderness in the sole of the foot, particularly near the heel. Notably, the pain is most pronounced during the first few steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting. Unlike osteoarthritis, which tends to worsen with movement, plantar fasciitis pain often improves as you walk around but worsens later in the day. The condition arises when the plantar fascia, the ligament connecting the heel to the ball of the foot, loses its elasticity and develops tiny tears. These tears lead to painful swelling in the ligament. Diagnosis by a podiatrist may involve a thorough medical history, a physical examination, including range-of-motion tests, and sometimes an X-ray. The good news is that most people with plantar fasciitis find relief through non-invasive, non-surgical treatments. If you suspect you may have developed plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, a diagnosis, and suggested treatment options.

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 one of our podiatrists from Preferred Footcare, LLC. Our doctors 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.


  • 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 Stamford, CT . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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