Do you sometimes experience a sharp stabbing pain in the heel of one or both of your feet? If so, you may be living with a foot condition known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is often noticed with the first steps you take in the day and can generally feel better as the day goes on. Subsiding pain frequently tricks people into thinking that the issue has been resolved on its own. If you’ve noticed that the first steps you take in the morning are always painful, then it’s time to call Dr. Joshi at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC.
More About Plantar Fasciitis
To understand what causes plantar fasciitis, you should understand the underlying foot structure. Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar fascia in your foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue that supports the arch on the bottom of your foot. It connects to the bone at your heel.
As you move, the fascia typically has some flexibility that it can handle. However, the fascia is frequently damaged by wearing shoes with inadequate support or an improper fit. Long distance running in these shoes can compound the problem.
Small tears and stretching in the fiber can cause the fascia to become inflamed. Once the fascia is damaged, you’ll start to feel a sharp pain in your foot.
Reducing Your Risk
Plantar fasciitis isn’t something people should expect to deal with at any point in their life. However, if you take part in activities that are hard on the feet, you’re more likely to have problems. Because plantar fasciitis is caused by damaging the plantar fascia, anything that places additional stress on those fibers puts you at higher risk. Many long-distance runners, ballet dancers, or people with professions that require them to stand for long periods of time are all at higher risk.
Age appears to correlate with plantar fasciitis. Most patients are between 40-60 years of age when they are diagnosed with the condition. Some foot conditions like flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal walking position can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis. Finally, people who are obese tend to place additional strain on the plantar fascia and are more likely to develop symptoms.
Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Other conditions that mimic plantar fasciitis pain include:
deep tissue bruising
X-ray imaging can help identify the root cause of your pain so that Dr. Joshi can give you a proper diagnosis.
Once you’ve received a prognosis, several options can help correct the issue. Sometimes a simple rest and ice regimen can heal mild plantar fasciitis. Moderate and severe cases will require more therapy.
In conjunction with proper healing, a physical therapy program can help target exercises to increase the foot’s strength making you more resilient to plantar fasciitis in the future. Dr. Joshi will continue to monitor your condition to ensure you’re improving and adjust the treatment plan as needed. Other treatment options may include:
Pain and inflammation-reducing medications
Schedule Your Appointment Today
If you are suffering from pain anywhere in your feet or ankles, contact Dr. Joshi at Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC today. Allow his years of expertise to guide you through a treatment plan designed just for you. Contact us to schedule your next appointment.