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Plantar Fasciitis

As the weather warms up, you may be grateful for fewer aches and pains. There’s something about the cold that leads to stiffer joints and more pain, especially when we first wake up in the morning. Our feet could hurt, or our neck may be stiff.

But not all aches are linked to cooler weather. Keep reading to learn about what may be causing that stabbing pain in the bottoms of your feet.

What is going on?

Our feet each have a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to your toes. These tissues helps support the arch and other muscles of your foot. It’s when they’re stretched too much when problems can occur. Tiny tears can start to form in the surface of these tissues when they’re stretched too much, causing pain and inflammation.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Stabbing pain the bottom of your foot is a common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis. It may only occur in the morning or after you’ve gotten back to your feet after sitting for an extended period of time. The pain may last for a few steps, and then fade away into the background.

What caused it?

Plantar Fasciitis can occur in men and women, though it seems to be more commonly found in women. Activities and conditions that are linked to Plantar Fasciitis include:

  • Wearing high-heeled shoes
  • Wearing worn-out shoes
  • Wearing shoes with thin soles or flip flops
  • Having flat feet or a very high arch
  • Having tight Achilles tendons
  • Having an abnormal walk or foot position

How can I treat it?

Your physician will want to examine your feet to make sure you really are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, and not from a broken bone or other injury that could affect your foot. Your doctor will discuss the options with you and will help you select the best treatment for your situation.

Possible treatment options include medication to reduce inflammation, steroid injections, or physical therapy. Surgery or more invasive methods may be helpful in reducing pain from Plantar Fasciitis too.

If you are suffering from pain and are looking for more information, give us a call to schedule a consultation today.

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