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What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis PainPlantar fasciitis is a foot condition associated with pain in the bottom area of the heel. Plantar fascia refers to the connective tissue joining the heel bone to the toes. This connective tissue provides shock absorption for the foot. When the plantar fascia tissue becomes inflamed due to repeated stress on the heel, plantar fasciitis can develop. Fortunately, effective treatments are available through a podiatrist. At CT Family Foot Care and Surgery, Dr. Lori Paragas is your podiatrist in Hamden, CT, for the treatment of plantar fasciitis.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Untreated plantar fasciitis can lead to long-term heel pain and discomfort, and can also result in the development of heel spurs. Heel spurs are hard calcium deposits that form on the bottom of the heel bone. Heel spurs can cause extensive pain whenever the heel presses down on the ground while walking, running, working out, or even just standing for extended periods.

Plantar fasciitis often develops as a result of repeated stress on the heels. The constant impact of walking, running, or working out regularly can inflict pressure and stress on the plantar fascia tissue in the heel. As the tissue sustains wear and tear, it can become swollen and inflamed, which can lead to pain. Examples of specific causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Long-distance running
  • High-impact workouts
  • Extensive walking
  • Being overweight
  • Overpronation
  • Standing for extensive periods daily
  • Activities that place added stress on the heels (such as ballet)

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Several options are available for treating plantar fasciitis. Your Hamden, CT, podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment. Treatment for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
  • Steroid¬†injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Therapeutic stretches
  • Orthotic shoe inserts
  • Supportive footwear
  • Resting the feet
  • MLS Laser Therapy

Treatment is available for heel pain due to plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can recommend the right combination of treatments to heal the inflamed plantar fascia, while also alleviating any associated pain and discomfort. For treatment of plantar fasciitis, schedule an appointment with Dr. Paragas, your Hamden, CT, podiatrist, by calling CT Family Foot Care and Surgery at (203) 288-0129.

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