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Plantar Fasciitis

Pain during your first few steps out of bed in the morning?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of the thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot, known as the plantar fascia, that stretches from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis commonly causes severe stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot with the first few steps out of bed in the morning. As someone moves around and walks more, the pain will usually decrease, but can later return after long bouts of standing or standing after prolonged sitting.

Common complaints:

  • Stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot, near the heel

  • Pain during first few steps in the morning

  • Pain when standing up after prolonged sitting

  • Pain when barefoot or walking on a hard surface

The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that connects the heel to the front of the foot. It acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fascia can experience a lot of wear and tear in daily life sometimes leading to damage or tearing of the ligament. The plantar fascia then becomes inflamed and causes pain and stiffness.

Some common factors that can contribute to developing plantar fasciitis include:

  • Very high arches or flat feet (increases strain on fascia)

  • Unsupportive shoes

  • Restricted ankle dorsiflexion

  • Job that requires being on your feet often

Stretching, adjustments of feet and ankles, strength training and soft tissue modalities are some of the things that can be done to help relieve the symptoms that someone might be experiencing. We focus on each of these areas to come up with an individualized treatment plan for each patient that works for them and their goals.

As always, the quickest way to begin your journey to healing is to get a concrete diagnosis and a focused treatment plan. At Dauntless Sport & Spine Clinic we make sure each patient has a treatment and rehab plan that is specifically tailored to them. Contact us today to learn more!

Until next time,

Dr. Sierra Hanowski


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