For many of us, just getting out of bed in the morning can be a trying experience. However, for those afflicted with plantar fasciitis, those first steps of the morning can be comparable to walking on broken glass. Plantar fasciitis (plant-ar fas-ee-itis) is a chronic condition affecting the plantar fascia, a thick, sinewy band of connective tissue that runs across the sole of your foot and connects your heel to your toes. This tissue normally acts as a shock-absorbing support, which reinforces the arch of your foot. However, when exposed to too much stress, your body’s natural arch support can develop small tears and cracks, which become inflamed and sore. Then, you have plantar fasciitis.
One of the most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pains in the sole or heel of the foot, which tend to be at their worst in the morning and which slowly improve over the course of the day as the tissues in your foot loosen up. The condition usually begins gradually– you’ll notice some soreness, the next day it’s a bit worse, and after a few weeks your bedside rug seems to have metamorphosed into a bed of nails. Plantar fasciitis is more common among runners, dancers, and people who wear thin-soled or high-heeled shoes, however, if you’re a woman, are lugging around a few extra pounds, or are over 60, you’re more likely to develop this condition.
Come see Doctor Roza if you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, because not only is it painful, but it can also cause you to change the way you walk, leading to more serious complications in your knees, hips, and back. Dr Roza will treat the condition in a non-invasive way; your personalized treatment plan my involve heat, stimulation, massage, stretching, and/or orthotic supports in your shoes. According to the Mayo Clinic, about 90% of people with plantar fasciitis who are treated in the ways described above recover fully within a few months. So there’s no reason to allow plantar fasciitis and mysterious foot pains to cramp your style and affect your quality of life: come see Dr Roza today for a pain-free future!