Warning Signs of Plantar FasciitisDr. Kevin Moore, D.P.M. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions we see in our podiatry practice. It occurs when the plantar fascia ligament, the connective tissue on the soles of your feet, become inflamed and cause tightness and pain in your arch and heels. Plantar Fasciitis: Image from HealthCentral.com Plantar fasciitis is most often seen in patients who are older or overweight, who walk with an inward twist or roll of the foot, who have high arches, who wear shoes with poor cushioning, and those who have a job that involves standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time. Athletes can also develop plantar fasciitis when jumping into a new running routine without the right conditioning, by running on steep hills or with inadequate running shoes. Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful and it is best to treat it as early as possible before the condition worsens. These are the primary warning signs that it’s time to call your podiatrist:
- Pain with the first steps you take in the morning, particularly in your heels
- Pain when going from sitting to standing
- Sharp, aching pain in the heel
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