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Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can be a result of inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes. This condition typically occurs from repetitive strain or excessive pressure on the feet. It is commonly experienced by athletes, runners, and individuals who stand for extended periods. The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain that is particularly sharp and stabbing, and often worsens with activity or after prolonged periods of rest. Additionally, individuals with plantar fasciitis may experience discomfort along the arch of the foot. While the severity of symptoms can vary, untreated plantar fasciitis can significantly impair mobility and quality of life. Early recognition and appropriate management, including rest, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and in severe cases, surgical intervention, are important for effective relief and prevention of long-term complications. Plantar fasciitis is treated by a podiatrist. If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms, it is suggested that you contact this type of doctor who can successfully provide treatment.

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 Renee Rodriquez, DPM from Foot Clinic of South Texas. 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 Brownsville, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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