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Getting Relief From Plantar Fasciitis

As a shock absorber and support mechanism to the arch, the connective tissue known as the plantar fascia, is under a lot of pressure. Certain factors like obesity, improper footwear, age, stress from athletic activities, or irregular foot mechanics can compound this stress and cause the plantar fascia to become damaged or even torn. This condition is known as plantar fasciitis—the most common cause of heel pain. This stabbing pain is usually most severe in the mornings when the plantar fascia has stiffened overnight from lack of use. The pain typically subsides as you begin to use your feet again when walking or moving around, only to return later in the day. Plantar fasciitis can also make your arch and toes sore. There are many effective conservative treatments for plantar fasciitis that your podiatrist can use to eliminate pain and repair your plantar fascia. Make an appointment with a podiatrist today to get relief from heel pain. 

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 one of our podiatrists from Family Foot Care of Long Island. Our doctors 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 Port Jefferson Station, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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