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Plantar fasciitis, a disorder many patients at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM suffer from, made the news a few weeks ago when Mets outfielder Jay Bruce said it was the reason he was sitting out a few games. In Bruce’s case, having a job that requires him to be on his feet for long periods of time makes him more prone to inflammation of the plantar fascia. When this long ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes is subject to repetitive stress, merely stretching it becomes irritating and stabbing pain and stiffness follow.

Finding the Root Cause

Although plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, there are other factors that increase the likelihood of this disorder developing. These include:

  • Being overweight or pregnant—added pounds put added stress on the ligaments in the feet. For pregnant women, another contributory cause is the release of hormones that relax the ligaments in your pelvis and the rest of your body, including your feet.
  • Faulty foot mechanics—patients who have overly high arches or flat feet are more likely to get plantar fasciitis because these abnormalities put stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Poor footwear choices—wearing shoes with little or no arch support and thin soles causes undue strain on the ligament and your heel. High heels also put stress on your heel.
  • Tight calf muscles—makes it more difficult to flex your foot
  • Age—patients between the ages of 40 and 60 are most likely to develop plantar fasciitis

In order to properly diagnose plantar fasciitis our podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your feet and assess if any of the above factors may be present. The foot doctor will also take your medical history and ask questions about the discomfort you are experiencing. In some cases, x-rays and other imaging studies may be ordered to rule out other possible causes of your heel pain.

If you are having pain in your heel, don’t put off getting it evaluated. Contact our Washington office for an appointment today by calling: (724) 225-7410. 

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