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Telltale Signs You May Have Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a prevalent foot condition, can cause discomfort and hinder daily activities if left unaddressed. Recognizing its common symptoms is key to seeking appropriate treatment and finding relief. One hallmark symptom is heel pain, typically occurring with the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest. This pain may subside as the day progresses but can return after prolonged standing or walking. Additionally, individuals with plantar fasciitis often experience pain along the arch of the foot, which may feel sharp or stabbing in nature. Tightness and stiffness in the affected foot, particularly after periods of inactivity, are also common. Swelling and tenderness in the heel or arch area may accompany these symptoms. Some individuals may notice a decrease in their range of motion or difficulty flexing the foot upwards. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment to alleviate discomfort and prevent worsening of the condition.

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 Kenneth Donovan, DPM from Advanced Care Foot and Ankle. Our doctor 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.


  • 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 our office located in Charleston, SC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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