By Joseph Stuto, DPM
May 09, 2018
Category: heel pain
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Waking up to excruciating pain can really put a damper on anybody’s day. Sometimes, the pain is so unbearable that it can be hard to walk on the affected foot. Pain like this can come in episodes or it can be a part of everyday life. People who suffer from this pain often are diagnosed with a condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common conditions that is treated in a podiatrist’s office. Many people do not even realize why they are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Here is all you need to know about this pain and why it is affecting you.

Plantar Fasciitis or heel pain syndrome is a condition that is caused by the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that can be found on the bottom of the foot. Specifically, it is found on the plantar fascia or plantar arch. Usually, the inflammation begins at the heel bone and radiates through the rest of the foot. The pain is most commonly at its worst first thing in the morning or after resting for a period of time.

Why does it hurt after rest?

The plantar fascia tissue becomes tighter as it rests. When it begins to be used again, this tissue is forced to stretch which aggravates the condition even more.

Does plantar fasciitis always cause a heel spur?

A heel spur is not always present with plantar fasciitis, but they can occur. The pain is not solely dependent on a heel spur and can occur with or without a spur on the bone. A spur occurs when the plantar fascia is pulled at the heel bone and the bone growth rapidly increases and creates the spur out of reaction to the pull.

What does the pain feel like?

Plantar fascia pain often feels stiff. This stiffness is usually located on the bottom and sides of the heel. It is likely sharp pain that is often depicted as stepping on a screw or rock. After walking on the pained area, the pain generally decreases but can still continue.

What do I do if I suffer from symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis symptoms, it is important that you make an appointment to see a podiatrist right away. They can help cure the pain you are suffering from and get you back on your feet more quickly. Call Joseph Stuto, DPM of Brooklyn, New York. There Dr. Joseph A. Stuto and Joseph C. Stuto can help relieve your plantar fasciitis pain. Call 718-624-7537and make an appointment today.