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Weight Gain May Lead To Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that gradually develops for various reasons. These can include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or from gaining weight. Standing on hard or uneven surfaces for most of the day or from recently increasing speed while running can also increase your chance of getting plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is found on the bottom of the foot and is the band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Any one of the above reasons may cause the plantar fascia to become irritated or torn, and this can lead to plantar fasciitis. Mild relief may be found when specific heel stretches are performed, in addition to wearing shoes that have a cushioned heel. It may help to lose weight if applicable, and elevating the foot frequently may reduce the discomfort. Orthotics may be worn that can provide the necessary support as the foot heals. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you visit a podiatrist who can treat plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Mark Majeski, DPM  from Main Street Foot & Ankle, LLC. Our practitioner can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Toms River, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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