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Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms and Risk Factors

Most complaints of heel pain derive from plantar fasciitis, which involves inflammation of the band of tissue that runs under the feet from the toes to the heels. At first, plantar fasciitis starts as discomfort in the heel or arch, especially if your shoes have inadequate cushioning and an inflexible sole. Then the pain may also be felt when you first wake up, or after sitting or standing for long periods, but it generally fades as you become active again. Wearing shoes that do not fit properly and do not afford enough cushioning or arch support increases the chances of developing plantar fasciitis. Tightness in the calf muscles, another symptom of plantar fasciitis, is related to a problem with a tight Achilles tendon. Many pregnant women experience plantar fasciitis, as the result of gaining weight, retaining water, and increasing pressure on the feet. Long distance runners and soldiers, who may strike heel first while running, might be more prone to plantar fasciitis. If heel pain is a growing problem, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for an evaluation and treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Wendy L. Grossman, DPM from New Jersey. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Bloomfield, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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