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Plantar Fasciitis – It’s Not Just For Runners

Posted April 22, 2019 by Jeffrey T Junko, MD, Summa Health Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgery

Plantar Faciitis Blog

If you are a runner, chances are you’ve heard of plantar fasciitis. It’s one of the most common causes of heel pain. However, any job or activity where you are on your feet for long periods of time can put you at risk as well.

An introduction to plantar fasciitis

A thick band of tissue - plantar fascia - connects your heel bone to your toes. This tissue acts as a shock-absorber on the feet. If tension and stress start to cause small tears, this ribbon-like tissue becomes inflamed or irritated. When this happens, it can cause a stabbing pain when pressure is applied.

The most common sign of plantar fasciitis is a sharp, stabbing pain that usually begins in the morning, when you take your first steps. This sharp pain usually decreases throughout the day but can return after long periods of pressure, like running, walking or standing.

Although rare, plantar fasciitis can occur without any risk factors; however, most cases can be exacerbated by the following high-risk factors:

  • Foot structure can increase an individual's likelihood of suffering from plantar fasciitis. Being flat-footed or having high-arches can add additional stress on the fascia.
  • Walking patterns can also alter the way your body weight is distributed and can cause small tears or strains after long exposures.
  • Plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs between the ages of 40 - 60.
  • Obesity can also increase your risk of developing plantar fascia-related strains.
  • Teachers, servers, retail and factory workers, and other individuals who perform the majority of their work while standing are at a much higher risk.

Long-distance running and other types of activities like ballet, aerobic dance and repetitive jumping sports, like basketball may lead to early-onset plantar fasciitis in those who do not have any other risk factors.

Plantar fasciitis usually repairs on its own in a few months, with rest and anti-inflammatory pain medication. If you are at higher risk or your lifestyle makes the pain make unmanageable, you may want to see your doctor for remedies that can help speed up your recovery time.

Summa Health Orthopedic Institute offers same day, next day appointments to help you get on the road to recovery faster. Our orthopedic specialists treat all conditions for bones, joints, cartilage, ligaments, muscles and tendons. Whether your injury is recent or has been getting worse over time, Summa's orthopedic specialists will provide you with treatment options, including the latest nonsurgical and surgical approaches. Summa Health Orthopedic Institute has multiple facilities throughout Northeast Ohio, serving patients with locations in cities such as Akron, Barberton, Hudson, Uniontown, Medina and Wadsworth, based in Medina, Stark and Summit counties. To get started, select a location nearest you or call 330.375.3000 today for assistance.


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