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Plantar Fasciitis: Are You at Risk?

A sharp, stabbing pain in your heel can be a sign of plantar fasciitis, sometimes known as heel spur syndrome. This pain is often worse first thing in the morning. It may come on gradually at first, and it may be more noticeable after certain activities. The discomfort is often accompanied by a feeling of stiffness in the foot. For patients who have this disorder, the plantar fascia—a long, strong band of tissue that extends all along the bottom of your foot—becomes torn or inflamed, often due to injury or repetitive overuse. At Paul S. DeMarco, DPM we treat this condition frequently. There are several factors that make you more prone to plantar fascia trouble. Some are preventable and others are not. Know your level of risk and take steps now to lessen it. Factors that increase your risk include:

  • A job that requires long periods of standing or walking on hard surfaces
  • Wearing unsupportive footwear, shoes with thin soles and prolonged periods wearing high heels
  • Activities that involve repetitive pounding on your feet, such as running or dance
  • Being pregnant or overweight as this adds extra strain to the ligaments in your feet
  • Age: people aged 40-60 are at a higher risk
  • Starting a new exercise routine or sport too intensely and quickly
  • Faulty foot structure—high arches and flat feet put increased pressure on the plantar fascia
  • Overly tight calf muscles

If you have one or more of these risk factors and you are currently experiencing pain or stiffness in your heel and foot, it’s time to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist, Dr. Paul S. DeMarco. There are several non-invasive treatments available for plantar fasciitis including orthotics, physical therapy and anti-inflammatory medications. These treatments are more likely to be successful if administered during the early stages of plantar fasciitis. To learn more, contact our Somers Point office by calling: 609-927-4894.