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You might not know the term “plantar fasciitis” very well, but you may know the feeling of dread many people have every morning at the thought of putting their feet on the floor. (Perhaps you’re one of them!)
The heel pain of plantar fasciitis often presents itself as a sharp discomfort just behind the arch of the foot. In addition to feeling this pain first thing upon moving around in the morning, it can also crop up during the day after a long period of inactivity and after a period of prolonged activity (it’s hard to run away from).
Additional symptoms can include:
- Pain when pressing against the bottom of the heel.
- Pain when flexing your foot upward.
- Tingling or burning sensations, in some cases.
Most cases of plantar fasciitis involve heel pain in one foot, but a significant number can develop heel pain in both feet.
Plantar fasciitis is a very common cause of heel pain. The good news is that it’s also often a highly treatable one, too!
If you suffer from this condition and need treatment, call our Indianapolis office at (317) 545-0505 or contact us online to request an appointment.
What’s Causing Your Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. It helps form the arch and flexes as you move, storing and releasing energy.
While strong, it’s not invincible. Excess strain on the tissue can cause very tiny tears to develop in it, which then leads to pain and aggravation. This strain can be caused by factors including:
- Overuse, which can come from pushing yourself too hard during activity without proper warm-ups or rest.
- Working in an environment that places excess pressure on your feet, such as standing or stooping on hard surfaces all day.
- An abnormality in foot structure (such as flat feet) that shifts your body weight improperly.
- A tight calf muscle causing your Achilles tendon to excessively pull on your heel bone and plantar fascia.
So why is there more pain in the mornings or after sitting for a while? Because of the flexibility of the plantar fascia.
When you rest for a long period of time, the plantar fascia ends up losing temperature and flexibility. When you start moving again, it has to stretch and flex once more. After “warming up” sufficiently, the pain tends to improve or vanish.
But you don’t have to just hobble around and endure the pain until it lessens. There are effective ways to get to the root of your heel pain and address it!