Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition where the band of fibrous tissue at the bottom of your foot (called the “plantar fascia”) becomes inflamed. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain.
Plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually over time (although there are exceptions). With proper care and treatment, most cases of plantar fasciitis heal with time. A foot specialist can guide you through the healing process, and provide options for preventing it from recurring in the future.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp or stabbing pain on the underside of the heel. It is especially pronounced with the first few steps taken in the morning and after rest. The pain tends to then subside after walking around, but it can come back with prolonged standing or when getting up after sitting long periods.
Arch pain can also be a symptom of plantar fasciitis.
Onset is usually gradual and symptoms tend to build over time. However, on occasion, symptoms can be triggered suddenly by at-risk activities or trauma (i.e.: a misstep or jumping too high).
For others causes of heel pain see heel spur or Achilles tendonitis.
The plantar fascia is a band of thick connective tissue at the bottom of your foot that supports the arches. It runs between the heel and the toes. When the plantar fascia is overused, it causes microtears that lead to inflammation, strain and pain.
Plantar fasciitis can be caused or contributed to by the following:
Plantar fasciitis treatment may include:
If you have persistent heel pain, schedule a diagnostic assessment with one of our licensed Chiropodists (foot specialists). A foot specialist can determine your foot type, gait pattern, the underlying causes of your heel pain, and make footwear recommendations. Our knowledgeable staff can then help you find supportive footwear that best suits your foot type, gait pattern, and activities.
Use the booking form below or call 416-769-FEET(3338) to book your assessment. Our Toronto foot clinic is open Mondays to Fridays from 9 am-6 pm, Saturdays from 9 am-4 pm and Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm. You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic.
Anyone can get plantar fasciitis; however the following risk factors make a person more vulnerable:
Fortunately, a foot specialist can help you reduce some of these risk factors by recommending footwear and orthopaedic supports to reduce strain on the plantar fascia.
To prevent plantar fasciitis and heel pain, here are various foot care solutions to consider:
Our specially catered selection of shoes at our foot clinic can help prevent plantar fasciitis by ensuring your foot is properly supported during your everyday activities. If you need assistance choosing shoes, our knowledgeable staff can help you out.
Got plantar fasciitis? Contact us at 416-769-FEET (3338) to learn more about our plantar fasciitis solutions, or use our online booking form below.
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