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Plantar Fasciitis

plantar fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar regions of the foot, namely the heel, arch, and midfoot. When too much stress is put on the plantar fascia, or the connective tissue that stretches from the heel to the ball of your foot, inflammation, overtightening, and tearing may arise. This can cause foot pain. Because of plantar fasciitis, you may experience tearing with the first steps you take in the morning each day.

A certain trigger that may cause stress to the plantar fascia includes poor arch support, which is brought upon by frequently walking barefoot or wearing shoes with improper arch support. Other causes include obesity or a sudden increase in weight, increased physical activity, weak foot and ankle muscles, tight calf muscles, and arthritis.

If you’re feeling pain after sitting, walking, or standing for a long period of time, as well as when you first step out of bed or climb stairs, you may be showing signs of plantar fasciitis. To know for sure what’s causing you pain, it’s best that you get an x-ray taken of your foot.

Because plantar fasciitis is known to worsen over time, it’s recommended that you meet with a podiatrist as soon as possible for a proper diagnosis and advised treatment plan.

Dr. Sherris specializes in treatment of plantar fasciitis (non-surgical and surgical). Specific treatment is offered and provided depending on the severity and patient needs. If you have experienced heel pain that may be caused by plantar fasciitis or another condition and would like to discuss this with Dr. Sherris, an examination and evaluation with possible x-rays and/or other diagnostic testing can be performed in our clinic for your convenience to help determine the severity and specific cause of your particular condition.

"Based on clinical findings, patient goals and my experience along with continuously updated knowledge in evaluating and treating heel pain (including that caused by plantar fasciitis), I work with my patients to make informed suggestions and arrive at a cooperative decision based on what is best for them in each individual case." – Dr. Sherris

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