Getting Help With Foot Troubles

Getting Help With Foot Troubles

FAQs About Plantar Fasciitis

Ashley Stewart

Do you struggle throughout each workday because walking causes pain that is difficult to cope with? Depending on the location of the pain, you might be suffering from a condition called plantar fasciitis. For example, if the pain is located in the heel area of your foot, it is one of the signs that plantar fasciitis is the culprit. You have to take a break from work to see if the pain goes away, as medical treatment might be necessary if the pain does not subside. If you have already taken a break from walking, make an appointment with a podiatrist as soon as possible for an examination and diagnosis.

Is Plantar Fasciitis a Foot Disease?

You can rest assured that plantar fasciitis is not a foot disease, but an inflammation. The plantar fascia is an area at the sole of the foot that protects the arch by absorbing the stress from walking or running. Although the plantar fascia is designed for handling the stress of walking, the ligament can become worn out. For example, the ligament can become torn, which eventually leads to inflammation that might not subside without treatment. Inflammation is what causes a sufferer of plantar fasciitis to experience pain.

How Does Plantar Fasciitis Develop?

Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused by having an active lifestyle that involves a lot of walking, but there are other ways for the condition to develop as well. For example, being overweight can lead to plantar fasciitis because of the amount of weight that the feet must support on a daily basis. People who have flat feet are also at risk for developing the condition, as there is not a sufficient arch to support tension when walking. Exercise habits can also play a role in plantar fasciitis development, such as if someone is in the habit of exercising on a hard surface. It is wise to exercise on a padded surface, like a mat, to reduce the level of pressure on the feet.

How Is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?

When a podiatrist treats plantar fasciitis, it is based on the severity of the condition. For example, if the inflammation is not severe, a podiatrist might suggest resting for a specific amount of time and doing physical therapy. Steroids can also be used for treating plantar fasciitis, along with taking pain medication. If the inflammation and damage to the plantar fascia is severe, surgery might be necessary.

Contact a local podiatrist to learn more. 


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A few weeks ago, my wife made me go to the nail salon with her. Instead of sitting around for hours while my wife perused nail decals and polish options, I decided to get a pedicure. It was a really relaxing experience, but I quickly discovered that the process was about more than a foot bath. Before I knew it, someone was cutting and sanding my toenails. Unfortunately, a few days later I developed a massive ingrown toenail infection, which my podiatrist attributed to my visit to the nail salon. I want everyone to know how to properly care for their feet, so I made this website.