Amit Shah DPM
Podiatrists & Board Certified Foot and Ankle Surgeons located in North Brunswick, Edison, & Cranbury, NJ
Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain that affects the bottom of your heel. At Amit Shah DPM in North Brunswick, Edison, and Cranbury, New Jersey, Drs. Shah and Armanious, DPM, have over 15 years of experience providing effective nonsurgical treatment. To find out if plantar fasciitis is the cause of your heel pain, schedule your appointment by phone or online today.
Plantar Fasciitis Q&A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, causing a stabbing pain near your heel and the bottom of your foot.
In many cases, plantar fasciitis pain is felt first thing in the morning as you take your first steps out of bed. Plantar fasciitis is also triggered by prolonged periods of standing or sitting.
If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can result in chronic heel pain and impaired mobility. Over time, heel pain can change the way you walk, adding stress to other structures like your knees, hips, or back.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is located at the bottom of your foot and experiences a lot of stress as you walk. Over time, this stress can become too great, which can cause the tissue to stretch and develop small tears.
Repeated overstretching and tears lead to inflammation and stabbing pain at the bottom of your heel. In most cases, the exact cause of plantar fasciitis is unknown, though there are several factors known to increase your risk.
Age and obesity are two major contributors to plantar fasciitis. Most patients diagnosed with plantar fasciitis are between the ages of 40 and 60. Obesity increases the stress on your plantar fasciitis which increases your risk for overstretching and tears.
Plantar fasciitis is also common in patients who engage in activities like long-distance running and aerobic dancing. Patients with poor foot mechanics like flat feet or high arches are also at an increased risk for plantar fasciitis.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
The team at Amit Shah DPM specializes in nonsurgical treatment of plantar fasciitis, curing plantar fasciitis 100% without surgery. Your doctor works with you to develop the right treatment plan for effective relief and restored mobility.
After evaluating your condition, your doctor may recommend:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Physical therapy
Amit Shah DPM helps you achieve full recovery without the need for surgery. To speak with a doctor about your heel pain, call the office or book an appointment online today.
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