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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
July 27, 2016

Plantar fasciitis is an injury that we treat often at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM. It occurs when there is too much stress on the plantar fascia—a long ligament that stretches along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include: pain in the bottom of your foot or heel, which may get worse after exercise or standing for a long period of time. A signature sign of this disorder is a severe, stabbing pain in the morning as you take the first steps of the day.

Risk Factors

The plantar fascia is a very strong ligament but if it is over stretched it can become inflamed and small tears may occur in it causing the symptoms above. Some factors that make a patient more prone to plantar fasciitis include:

  • Having a job that requires considerable amounts of time standing or walking on hard surfaces

  • Being overweight or being pregnant

  • Leisure activities that put stress on the plantar fascia, such as running, dancing and gymnastics

  • Flat feet or high arches

  • Frequently wearing shoes that do not have adequate arch support or excessive time spent in high heels

  • Starting a new sport or exercise program too quickly or intensely

  • Age—people between 40 and 60 are at the highest risk for plantar fasciitis

Seek Treatment

Plantar fasciitis will frequently get worse if not treated. Chronic heel pain can cause you to alter the way you walk which can lead to back, hip and knee problems. Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker will examine your foot and ask questions about your medical history, symptoms and activities. Once a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is confirmed, Dr. Pinsker will work with you to devise a treatment plan that suits your lifestyle. To learn more, contact our Washington office at (724) 225-7410.

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