Heel Pain- Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a major cause of heel pain and may also be referred to as heel spurs. Podiatrist successfully treats numerous cases of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band of tissue running the bottom of the heel bone (calcaneus) and inserts into the ball of the foot (metatarsal heads). This structure actively functions to create and support the arch of the foot.

In most cases, plantar fasciitis is inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia where it attaches to the bottom of the heel bone. Pain can also radiate further forward into the central portion of the band. Commonly, plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury rapidly moving from acute to chronic in a very short time-frame. Your Podiatrist can diagnose the cause of, and treat your heel pain- getting you back on your feet sooner.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms:

Gradual pain onset over a few days/weeks/months
Painful heels initial steps in the morning/after periods of rest- usually decreases/ ‘warms up’ with activity
Heel pain felt during the first few steps of the morning which often decreases with activity
Heel may be painful after activity
Heel pain usually located at the bottom and front of the heel
Pain may be felt in the central portion of the band
Pain often described as sharp like a stone bruise or throbbing/burning

Common causes of Plantar fasciitis:

Excessive foot and ankle pronation (flat/rolling in feet)
Tight hamstring, buttock and calf muscles
High arches of the foot (increases tension on the plantar fascia)
Sudden increase in/modified activity
Unsupportive/inappropriate footwear
Weight gain
Decrease in heel’s fat pad cusioning (elderley patients common)

If you experience heel pain, make an appointment today with Podiatrist in Fort Collins for a comprehensive consultation and treatment solution.

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