Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain.  If you notice a stabbing-type of pain with your first steps in the morning or in getting up from a chair, you may be experiencing plantar fasciitis.  The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue (ligaments) that goes across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.  This tissue acts as a shock absorber that supports the arch of your foot.  When this tissue is irritated or inflamed it is very painful.  Plantar Fasciitis occurs most commonly between the ages of 40 and 60 years old.  Possible causes are:

  • You are flat-footed or have a high arch
  • Obesity
  • Wearing shoes with inadequate support
  • Have an abnormal pattern of walking
  • Stand or walk on hard surfaces

People who are on their feet a lot, particularly on the hard surfaces, such as a runner, dancer or a waitress are likely to have a repetitive type of injury of the plantar fascia.

Treatments include rest, avoiding repetitive injury if possible, using ice for swelling and taking a pain reliever, such as ibuprofen for pain and swelling.  Splints worn at night are helpful, along with orthotics to wear in your shoes and physical therapy exercises.  See us so we can evaluate how you walk, stand and make a specific plan for your treatment.