One day you are playing with nieces and nephews and they decide that they want to play jump rope. At first you decline, letting them know you aren’t interested and perhaps too old for the game. After a half hour of begging, pleading, and bargaining you finally cave in. What is the harm in playing a little jump rope anyways? You step up to the rope and begin to jump, jump, jump over and over again. It brings you back to cherished childhood memories. As you go to bed you recap on the day and smile. That is until you are jumping up in pain the next morning. Your foot is in so much pain, what happened? It could be Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the tough tissue on the bottom of the foot. After repetitive over use the muscles and tissue begin to get agitated, swell, and press on the nerves and other surrounding tissues in the foot. This area of the foot is commonly known as the Plantar Arch. The Plantar Arch extends from the heel all the way down and attaches to the toes. Essentially, it makes up the majority of the bottom of your foot.
Pain from Plantar Fasciitis usually is at its worst in the morning and eases up by the end of the day. That is why it is common for people to wake up with the pain seemingly out of nowhere. If the disease is left untreated it can also cause heel spurs.
The major cause of Plantar Fasciitis is continuous, repetitive, stress to the Plantar Arch. This means that all of that jumping up and down caused your dilemma. Another cause of Plantar Fasciitis is poorly fitting shoes. If your shoes do not fit and have no arch support it can cause the disorder as well as other painful conditions.
For mild cases of Plantar Fasciitis, rest, stretches, and over the counter pain medication can ease pain and allow for the arch to heal over time. If pain persists or worsens you should call a podiatrist right away. Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC located in Rocky Hill, Bristol, Newington, Glastonbury, Middletown, and Kensington, Connecticut. There Jeffrey Kahn, DPM will examine, diagnose and treat your Plantar Fasciitis. Call 860-563-1200 or make an appointment online today.