What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What your podiatrists in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green, and New Albany want you to know

If you are suffering a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused when the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel becomes inflamed. This thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, can become inflamed from a number of different causes.

The good news is there are effective ways to treat plantar fasciitis. The podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists want to share the facts about the causes and treatment of plantar fasciitis. They have several convenient office locations in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN, to help you and your feet feel better.

You may experience the pain of plantar fasciitis because you are overpronating, or rolling your foot when you walk. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time.

Your risk of experiencing plantar fasciitis increases if you are overweight, middle-aged, have flat feet, or wear unsupportive footwear. Doing high-impact sports like running or jogging can also increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

So, how do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? You will notice a stabbing or aching pain in your heel or on the side of your foot. The pain may increase after you wake up, exercise, or get up after being seated.

If you begin experiencing one or more symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you can try:

  • Doing arch stretches several times each day
  • Taking Tylenol, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory medications
  • Replacing your shoes with more supportive, cushioned footwear

For severe plantar fasciitis symptoms that don’t resolve, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Your doctors at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend effective treatments like these:

  • Physical therapy exercises and stretching
  • Custom-made orthotics or footwear
  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
  • Corticosteroid injections around your heel

You don’t have to suffer from plantar fasciitis when help is just a phone call away. Just pick up your phone and call the podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN. Get relief by calling today!

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