Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that results from swelling of the plantar fascia. This is a thick strip of tissue connecting the bones of your toes to your heel. In today's post, Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, shares some exercise tips for sufferers of this condition.
Plantar fasciitis typically causes stabbing pain when taking your first steps after you get out of bed. As you begin to move around, the pain normally decreases. However, it may come back when you stand up after sitting for a while or standing for extended periods.
Shaped like a bowstring, the plantar fascia tissue absorbs shock when you walk and supports your foot’s arch. If the tension becomes too great, small tears occur. Repeated tearing and stretching can lead to chronic inflammation and irritation.
If you ignore the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you may be setting yourself up for chronic heel pain that will affect your daily activities. Changing how you walk to relieve your pain can cause future knee, hip, back, or foot problems. So, it's important to get proper treatment as soon as possible.
Regardless of your exercise regimen or which sport you favor, ensure that your shoes have proper heel and arch support. Buy new shoes as often as needed to provide continued cushioning and support.
If you’ve got heel pain that’s keeping you from your favorite daily activities, contact Dr. Hubert Lee at CarePlus Foot & Ankle Specialists in Bellevue, WA, today to make an appointment. You can schedule an appointment online or by calling us at 425-455-0936.