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Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis?

There are certain risk factors associated with developing heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis (damage/inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue on the sole of the foot). Any repeated stress or strain on this connective tissue—being overweight, running excessively, standing while working, having high arches or flat feet, over-pronating when you walk, etc.—can lead to the development of this condition. You can often distinguish plantar fasciitis pain from other types of heel pain because it is worse when you take your first steps in the morning. The pain may subside after you move around for a while but usually comes back later in the day. A podiatrist is highly skilled and experienced at spotting and treating plantar fasciitis, as it is the most common form of heel pain. They have various effective methods of repairing the plantar fascia, reducing inflammation, and eliminating pain. Make an appointment with your local podiatrist if you are experiencing heel pain to have your condition diagnosed and treated properly. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Mercer Ocean Podiatry. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Hamilton, Toms River, and Plainsboro Township, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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