Pain at Your Heels: The Woes of Plantar Fasciitis

Your feet are an integral part of your everyday life. Whether you’re running the day’s errands or hitting the treadmill to stay fit, you count on your feet to pull through for your own good. For this and countless other reasons, you value your feet and worry when pain or discomfort begins to take a toll on them.

Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common causes of heel pain, can put a strain on your mobility. So, what should you know about this condition? Also, what can you and your loved ones do to keep it at bay? Total Pain Care is here for the information you need.

Know the Problem

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by the pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick strand of tissue located on the bottom of the foot that connects the heel bone with the toes. The pain is generally felt as a stabbing sensation that tends to happen in the first few steps of the day. While the pain can often decrease or completely go away as the limbs warm up, it may return after extended periods of standing or sitting. Plantar fasciitis can commonly affect overweight people, runners or individuals who wear ill-supported footwear.

Recognizing the Risks

The plantar fascia provides the body with support, but can often tear when the tension placed on it increases dramatically. There are several risk factors that can potentially lead to plantar fasciitis. These include:

  • Age – generally between 40 and 60
  • Certain exercises – activities such as running, ballet and dance aerobics can increase the tension in the plantar fascia
  • Obesity – being overweight can add to the stress placed on the foot
  • Certain jobs – usually the type of work that keeps you in a standing position for long periods

Your Health is Our Priority

The pain associated with plantar fasciitis can potentially leave you out of action for extended periods of time. Don’t put your life on hold. Take the first step towards being pain-free today. At Total Pain Care, we’ll work around the clock to properly evaluate your condition. Our board-certified pain management team can craft a plan of action that best fits your needs. Want to know more? Contact our location in New Jersey for more information.

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