When we talk about plantar fasciitis, we’re really talking about the condition more commonly known as heel pain syndrome. It can come on suddenly as a result of injury, or over long periods of time as the plantar fascia gradually loses its natural spring-like shape and flexibility. And while common among runners and athletes who subject their feet to a higher-than-average number of impacts, it can affect a wide spectrum of individuals and age ranges.
Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
- Shoes and footwear that is oversized, too tight or lacking proper support
- Running, as well as walking or standing for extended periods of time
- Being significantly overweight or maintaining a consistently high BMI
- Pronation (flat feet) stemming from genetics, age or deteriorating connective tissues
- Wearing shoes or footwear that are old, unsupportive or improper for your feet
- Daily or frequent wearing of high heels and/or pointed toe shoes
Plantar fasciitis can affect one foot individually or both simultaneously, and rarely goes away on its own. Understandably, many people allow a grace period to determine whether it’s serious or acute, though this may intensify the frequency and severity. Understanding the symptoms and taking immediate action is the best way to ensure that conditions do not worsen.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include:
been estimated that approximately two-million individuals experience plantar fasciitis each year, with the onset of symptoms most commonly affecting middle-aged adults. Its most notable characteristics are a deep aching sensation or intense pain in the center of the heel, with symptoms at their most pronounced upon waking, as well as after strenuous activity or extended periods of inactivity.
- A dull ache or sharp stabbing sensation in the middle of the heel
- Swollen heels, especially towards the bottom of one or both heels
- Sudden pain or discomfort on the underside (arch) of one’s foot
- Foot pain or discomfort that does not improve or heal on its own
- Symptoms that are noticeably more significant upon first waking up
- Unexplainable and/or accompanying knee, hip or lower back pain
If anything mentioned above sounds familiar, don’t get discouraged. Riddle Wellness offers a wide range of treatments and solutions for those dealing with plantar fasciitis or chronic foot pain. Give us a call at 585-670-0020 to learn more about our innovative treatments or schedule an appointment.