Podiatrist - Altamonte Springs, Kissimmee, Mt. Dora, Orlando, and Sandlake-area.
A common complaint that often brings people to see their podiatrist is tightness of the achilles tendon and the plantar fascia (the ligament on the bottom of the foot that supports the arch). This can lead to "plantar fasciitis" and can cause exquisite pain in the heel and the arch. What is plantar fasciitis? It is an inflammatory process involving the plantar fascia and heel bone. The plantar fascia is pulled and stretched with every step we take. It attaches to the heel bone (calcaneus). Prolonged standing and walking especially on a hard surface is the most common cause. Other constituting factors may include the type of shoe worn, specific activity or exercise, foot type, and even weight gain. Stretching by doing a runner's stretch against the wall, then rolling a frozen water bottle under the arch of your foot will help if you are experiencing the types of symptoms described. As your foot feels better, make these stretching exercises, followed by the frozen water bottle part of your routine, it may prevent the pain from coming back, and if it doesn't get better, make an apointment to see your podiatrist. More tomorrow about some of the treatments used for plantar fasciitis. Please feel free to contact us using the contact form on our website if you have any questions.
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