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Plantar Fasciitis: The Most Common Cause of Heel Pain

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting your heel to the base of your toes along the bottoms of your feet, becomes inflamed and painful. It usually causes stabbing pain in the foot, most often when you first get up in the morning. Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis is also referred to as plantar fasciopathy or jogger’s heel. Some people are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis than others.

Contributing Factors to Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can be caused by a combination of factors in athletic and non-athletic people alike. Some causes associated with plantar fasciitis include:

Who is Most Likely to Develop Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is most common in the following people:

Most commonly, plantar fasciitis affects people between 40-60 years of age. It affects about 10% of people at some point in their lives.

How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?

Most people with plantar fasciitis recover within several months with conservative treatment. However, in more severe cases, other treatments may be used to heal the plantar fascia and get you back on your feet.
Some common treatments include medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen to help with pain and inflammation. Certain therapies are also used, such as orthotics, physical therapy, or night splints. If these don’t work, some more invasive procedures may be used. These can include steroid shots, surgery, and extracorporeal shock wave therapy.

Home Treatment Options

There are several things you can do to prevent or treat plantar fasciitis from the comfort of your own home. Preventative measures include:

If you already have plantar fasciitis and feel that it’s mild enough to heal on its own, you can try a couple of different things at home.

If you have persistent plantar fasciitis or home treatments aren’t working, there could be something else going on such as a fracture, several types of arthritis, rupture of the plantar fascia, and several other conditions.

Come see us at Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists! We can help you get to the bottom of your heel pain. Same day appointments are available!

Just call 414-439-2279.

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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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