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Recognizing Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis unveils itself through a multitude of distinctive symptoms, each signaling the need for attention to alleviate discomfort. The hallmark of this ailment is a sharp pain that typically emanates from the bottom of the heel and is often experienced during the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. The pain tends to subside with continued movement but may resurface after extended activity. Swelling and tenderness along the arch of the foot are common indicators, as is increased discomfort when walking barefoot or on hard surfaces. Individuals with plantar fasciitis may notice stiffness in the affected foot and a heightened sensitivity to pressure on the heel. Recognizing these telltale signs is pivotal for timely intervention and effective management. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you contact a podiatrist who can determine if plantar fasciitis has developed and can treat it accordingly.

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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