What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain that can differ depending on foot type. It is caused due to inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. The thick band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes is called the plantar fascia ligament. When this ligament become inflamed, heel pain and stiffness occur. Custom orthotics, various stretches, shockwave therapy and even anti-inflammatory steroid injections may be recommended to help alleviate the symptoms.
Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people, but may also occur at any age. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like soldiers or athletes. It can happen in either foot. However, the common symptom is your heel or the bottom of your foot hurting when you stand or walk.
Are you frustrated by plantar fasciitis? Looking for effective treatment options? Our podiatrists can help. We will diagnose the cause of your heel pain and provide a plan to get you back on your feet again. The treatment options include:
Anti-inflammatory steroid injections
Treating Plantar Fasciitis with Proper Shoes
Choosing proper footwear can offer many benefits in terms of treating plantar fasciitis. Wearing supportive and comfortable shoes will help you combat pain and take you one step ahead in your treatment. Here is what the right shoes do:
They reduce the impact of the weight you put on your feet
They distribute the pressure more evenly in your feet
They help minimize the pressure on sensitive areas such as the connective tissue
They also provide various levels of shock absorption to reduce the impact of walking on hard surfaces