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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Aug 09, 2022

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Many individuals experience foot pain as a result of poor foot support, excessive activity, or overbearing weight, and develop conditions such as flat feet and plantar fasciitis. Here is how we treat flat feet and plantar fasciitis.

Foot pain is extremely common. Many individuals experience foot pain as a result of poor foot support, excessive activity, or overbearing weight, and develop conditions such as flat feet and plantar fasciitis. Whether you develop flat feet from your shoes, or plantar fasciitis from running too much, Garden State Pain and Orthopedics has a personalized treatment plan for you. 

What is plantar fasciitis? 

Plantar fasciitis is heel pain that is commonly seen in athletes who spend a lot of time running, and other individuals who are pregnant or overweight. The heel pain is caused by inflammation of plantar fascia - a thick band of tissue that connects your toes to your heel bone. The pain or discomfort caused by Plantar Fasciitis is felt where the arch of your foot and your heel meet. 

What is the difference between flat feet and plantar fasciitis? 

Flat feet is a condition where the arch of your heel is lower than usual and is often caused by wearing shoes without proper arch support. Flat foot is the leading cause of plantar fasciitis. When you bear weight on your feet without proper support, your feet stretch away from your heel bone causing plantar fasciitis. 

Flat feet does not always lead to foot pain. You can have flat feet without developing plantar fasciitis. However, if you do start to develop foot pain and you have flat feet, there is a high chance you have developed plantar fasciitis. 

How do you treat plantar fasciitis? 

Plantar fasciitis can typically be treated through over the counter pain medication, rest, elevation, icing, and activity modification. However if the pain is extreme and persistent, you should see a doctor immediately to prevent further discomfort. 

At Garden State Pain and Orthopedics, we may provide or suggest a variety of treatments including:

  • Physical Therapy
  • Othotics such as splits, braces, special foot soles
  • Walking boots, canes, crutches

And in more severe cases, our physicians may suggest:

  • Injections
  • Surgical Repairs

Usually, no imaging tests are required for diagnosing plantar fasciitis. If you have any more questions about your foot pain and wish to consult a doctor, click Book Now to make an appointment. Our Foot and Ankle Specialist Dr. Scott Hanauer will create a personalized healthcare plan for you. 

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