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Stretches That May Help Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition many people are unaware they may have until it becomes painful. The plantar fascia is defined as the band of tissue that lies on the sole of the foot and connects the heels to the toes. An injury can cause plantar fasciitis to occur, which is a result of an inflamed plantar fascia. The pain is felt in the heel and may radiate to the calf, affecting the Achilles tendon. This condition can happen from wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Pregnant women may temporarily experience plantar fasciitis from the extra weight the heels must endure. Some people may be prone to getting this condition if they have tight foot or calf muscles. This may be prevented when specific stretches are frequently performed, such as heel raises and calf stretches. The heel raises are done by standing on a step while lowering one heel at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. A foam roller is used to effectively stretch the calves. This is done while sitting in a chair and rolling the affected foot back and forth. Some people use a water bottle or a tennis ball, which can yield the same results. Plantar fasciitis can cause severe pain and can interfere with completing daily activities. If you are afflicted with this condition, please confer with a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can offer you the correct treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Foot and Ankle Center. Our doctors 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 Egg Harbor Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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