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Plantar Fasciitis on the Rise During the Pandemic

One of the most common foot conditions is known as plantar fasciitis. The pain from this ailment is in the heels and the arch, and it is a result of an inflamed plantar fascia. This is the band of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. The pain may be worse on arising in the morning, but can diminish as the day progresses. Plantar fasciitis can develop for various reasons. These include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Runners can be affected by this condition, in addition to people who frequently participate in jumping activities. Research has indicated that the number of people who developed this condition increased during the pandemic. This may have been from spending more time in flip flops or walking barefoot, both of which offer little or no arch support. There may also have been more time spent running outside on uneven surfaces, while the workout facilities remained closed. If you have heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose plantar fasciitis and guide you toward correct treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Cleveland Foot & Ankle Clinic. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Cleveland, Independence, and Kent, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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