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Overuse Can Lead to Plantar Fasciitis

Running can be good for your cardio-vascular health and overall physical well being. But sometimes runners overdo it by running too far, too fast, and too often. Among other injuries, this can cause plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the band of tissue that lines the sole of the foot and helps support the arch. A painful condition that plagues many runners and other athletes, plantar fasciitis, occurs when the plantar fascia tears and/or becomes inflamed. It is helped along by tightened calf muscles, which can also impact the Achilles tendon. Other contributors include running shoes that do not provide the proper support or cushioning, being overweight, and having flat feet or high arches. Pain in the heel and along the bottom of the feet is usually worse first thing in the morning. It can be relieved by icing the feet and doing exercises that stretch the tightened muscles. If you have developed plantar fasciitis, or have frequent episodes, it is a good idea to see a chiropodist for advanced treatment options, which may include anti-inflammatory medication, custom orthotics, as well as foot and ankle exercises.

Plantar fasciitis can be painful and interfere with your daily activities. If you are experiencing foot or heel pain and believe you may be afflicted with plantar fasciitis, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as running or jumping, can injure the plantar fascia over time. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by flat feet, high arches, pregnancy, and activities that put excessive pressure on your feet, like standing all day for work. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it causes pain and discomfort. 


Typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stabbing pain near the heel

  • Pain that is worst in the morning or after a period of rest

  • Pain that increases after exercising

  • Swelling

  • Tightness in the Achilles tendon


Plantar fasciitis is typically diagnosed via medical history and physical examination. 


Treatments for plantar fasciitis include resting and icing the affected foot, stretching the foot, taking medications to reduce inflammation, and wearing orthotics. In severe cases where pain does not improve with conservative treatments, injections or surgery may be recommended. 

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

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