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Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, the leading cause of heel pain, stems from inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia attaching to the heel. This thick tissue band, essential for foot support, manifests as pain under the heel, often extending into the arch. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis peak in the morning, but often subside as the foot warms throughout the day. Overuse is a key factor of plantar fasciitis, but risks heighten with poor foot biomechanics and other factors. These may include overpronation, a high-arched foot, and improper footwear choice. Additional contributors include excess weight, tight calf muscles, and plantar fascia tightness. Among the symptoms are morning heel pain, arch discomfort, and tenderness when pressing the heel. Distinguishing plantar fasciitis from similar conditions, such as a  bruised heel, heel spur, or stress fracture aids in an accurate diagnosis. Treatment involves pain and inflammation reduction, biomechanical correction, and targeted exercises. For a tailored approach to managing plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a full exam and suggested treatment. options.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Edward Orman, DPM from Honeygo Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Perry Hall, and Fallston, MD . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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