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Heel Pain Can Indicate Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 03 January 2023 00:00

The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis is considered to be the most common cause of heel pain. It happens when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, which is the portion of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. It is located on the bottom of the foot and can become weak and swollen when torn or irritated. This condition can happen for various reasons, including standing on hard or uneven surfaces for most of the day or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. People who frequently run may be prone to developing plantar fasciitis, as a result of the consistent pressure the plantar fascia endures. Additionally, existing medical conditions may gradually lead to getting this ailment, consisting of obesity, having tight calves, or a shortened Achilles tendon. Some patients find relief in performing the heel raise stretch, which is done by standing on a step, and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle pull is felt. Rolling the foot on a tennis ball may help to stretch the bottom of the foot while strengthening it at the same time. Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition that is treated by a podiatrist, and it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can help you to find relief.

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 Dr. John L. Coleman from Florida. 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.


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


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