Incorrect Shoes and Walking Barefoot May Cause Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 06 June 2023 00:00

Incorrect Shoes and Walking Barefoot May Cause Plantar Fasciitis

The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis affects many people across the globe. It happens when the plantar fascia becomes irritated or torn from gradual overuse, or possibly from an injury. The plantar fascia is found on the sole of the foot, and connects the heel to the toes. It is responsible for walking and running, and completing daily activities can be difficult if it becomes damaged. A common cause of this foot condition is wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, which may cause heel support to be lost and uneven steps to be taken. People who walk barefoot may find the ligaments in their feet become damaged, and these are crucial in providing adequate support for the feet. If this pertains to you, it is beneficial to limit the time walking barefoot, and it can help to wear shoes with adequate cushioning in the heel area. If you have developed plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can properly diagnose and offer correct treatment options for plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact the podiatrists from Issaquah Foot & Ankle Specialists. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Issaquah, WA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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