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Causes and Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Its main symptom is inflammation of the plantar fascia, the tissue connecting the front of the foot to the heel. Plantar fasciitis affects approximately 2 million patients each year, with athletes and individuals between 40 to 60 years of age being the most susceptible. The heel pain can range from sharp to dull, often worsening after prolonged periods of standing or physical activity. Causes of plantar fasciitis include repetitive physical activity, foot arch issues, and increased body weight. If left untreated, heel pain can lead to difficulty in walking. Fortunately, plantar fasciitis can be treated with proper care. Stretching exercises can help to rehabilitate the plantar fascia, and wearing proper footwear with adequate arch support is crucial. In some cases, wearing a foot brace or night splint can help to reduce swelling and alleviate pain. A podiatrist may suggest steroid shots or injections, as well as other pain relief medication, and in extreme cases, surgery may be considered. For help with problems associated with plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam 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 Darren Day, DPM from Hawaii. 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 offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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