Can You Prevent Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue located at the bottom of the foot that attaches the heel bone to the toes. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it’s referred to as plantar fasciitis.  One of the most common causes of foot pain, plantar fascia is also one of the easiest orthopedic conditions to prevent. Here is what you need to know about preventing plantar fasciitis.

Characteristics of the Plantar Fasciitis

Most people describe plantar fasciitis as a painful, stabbing pain that is located close to the heel. The pain is most stunning with the first few steps that we take in the morning when climbing out of bed. The discomfort usually subsides as the day goes on and the feet become more active; however, the pain often becomes acute after standing on hard surfaces for a while, walking barefoot, or when standing up after sitting for a long period of time.

Common Sense Prevention of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs when we don’t take precautions to properly support our feet with adequate footwear; it also can occur when we choose to wear no footwear at all, as well as if we have gained a good deal of weight or are overweight to begin with. Some tips to prevent plantar fasciitis include:

Immediate Treatments

If you notice your feet are starting to feel pain, especially as you take that first step out of bed in the morning, chances are you have developed plantar fasciitis. Even before you make an appointment with your orthopedist, you can start to treat your pain. Begin with special exercises that target and strengthen foot muscles. Be careful, since exercises that are too vigorous can cause damage to the feet. Try the exercises described above, as well as placing both hands on a wall, slightly bending one leg, bringing it forward toward the wall while stretching the other leg out and away from the wall, then alternating.

You will want to make sure you are wearing properly fitting, cushioned shoes with good arch support. Also apply the RICE (rest, ice, compression and elevation) method. The icing should be deep; for best results freeze a thick plastic bottle of water and roll your arches back and forth to sustain a good deep freeze on the affected area. Your orthopedist will advise how to properly wrap your foot and may prescribe anti-inflammatory medications as well as a foot flexing device to wear while sleeping.

Knowing the causes behind plantar fasciitis is helpful to avoid the condition, but you may be surprised that it can also occur out of no where and without a definitive reason. That said, if you do notice any of the above symptoms, don’t wait! Chronic foot pain should be addressed as quickly as possible. Tarpon Orthopedics will get you back on your feet again. Request an appointment today by calling 972-596-1059.

Alex Hirsch

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