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Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis?
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
May 21, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

How your podiatrists in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, can help your feet!

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and today it affects approximately one out of every ten people. Although heel painanyone can develop plantar fasciitis, it is most common in adults between the ages of 40 and 60. Luckily, the podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland offer diagnostic and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and other orthopedic conditions and injuries at their offices in Olney, Camp Springs, Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD!

Available Heel Pain Treatments

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation or small tears to the plantar fascia, which provides shock absorption when you walk, jump, or run. In addition to pain on the bottom of your heel, other signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain kicking in and getting worse after exercise and physical activity
  • Stabbing pain or stiffness when you first wake up or after you've sat for a long period of time

Anyone can develop it, but there are a few risk factors that can increase your chances of getting plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Age
  • Participating in high impact physical activities and sports like distance running or basketball
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having a very high arch or flat feet
  • Spending a lot of time on your feet

Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated conservatively with rest and time. Your podiatrist may also prescribe medication, physical therapy, or supportive devices like orthotics or night splints.

Need Relief? Give us a Call!

For more information about prevention and treatment for plantar fasciitis and other foot and ankle conditions, contact Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist by calling (301) 924-5044 in Olney, (301) 868-7670 in Camp Springs and Clinton, (301) 439-0300 in Silver Spring, and (301) 868-7670 in Kensington.