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Gentle Stretches May Provide Relief From Plantar Fasciitis


A large band of tissue that lies on the bottom of the foot connects the toes to the heels. This is known as the plantar fascia, and plantar fasciitis is the term used if it becomes inflamed. Many runners experience this condition, which often causes severe pain and discomfort. Additionally, people who stand on hard surfaces for most of the day may develop plantar fasciitis. Patients who are obese may develop this ailment as a result of the added weight the feet endure. There are a number of strengthening exercises that may bring mild relief. These include standing on a step and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Some patients find it helps when they roll their foot over a tennis ball. If you have plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can guide you toward the correct treatment techniques. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Kenneth H. Nixon, DPM  from Western Reserve Foot Clinic. Our doctor 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 office located in Stow, OH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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