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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis: What is it and what to do about it.

Is constant heel pain interfering with your day-to-day activities? Are the ever-revolving shoes and over-priced inserts flooding your closet? If this sounds like you, and you think you have or have been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis — Gulf South Foot & Ankle can help.

The frustration and limitations plantar fasciitis causes is flat-out annoying. And while there are a lot of treatments available, not all might be right for you.

Instead of focusing on a one-size-fits-all approach, let's discuss what will work best for your feet.

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What is plantar fasciitis, and what are the symptoms?

One classic sign and symptom that you may have plantar fasciitis is what some call the "first step pain," which is most severe when a person takes their first step in the morning or after sitting for extended periods.

As the day progresses, the pain might return and intensify. Many patients endure this pain for months or even years before seeking treatment, which can lead to secondary problems like hip and back pain due to overcompensation in the way you walk and how you hold your posture to avoid the pain.

So, what is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It is often mistaken for heel spurs. While a spur might be present, it's not always the cause of heel pain.

The reason plantar fasciitis is often confused with spurs is because of where the pain is. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that starts at the heel bone, runs along the arch, and inserts into the ball of the foot. Inflammation in any part of this tissue is termed plantar fasciitis and feels similar to the pain heel spurs can cause.

This is because the most vulnerable part of the plantar tissue is where it starts at the heel bone. Heel pain related to the plantar fascia can develop after walking on hard surfaces, overusing the foot, wearing shoes with poor support, or walking barefoot. Even walking on surfaces like porcelain tile can cause heel pain.

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Get Relief with Gulf South Foot & Ankle

Gulf South Foot & Ankle wants you to know that plantar fasciitis is more than just heel pain. It's a disruption, a limitation, and a constant reminder every time you take a step that something is not right. And we also want to make sure that you know you can get help — that you don’t have to wake up every day worried about stepping out of bed.

These frustrations, the not being able to perform at your best, the limitation in your daily activities, and the constant search for a solution ends at Gulf South Foot & Ankle. 

We understand that every foot is unique, and so is the person it is attached to. Our team of experts works closely with you to understand your specific situation, challenges, and goals. And offer treatments tailored to you for the best possible outcome.

Take the first step towards a pain-free foot. Don't let plantar fasciitis dictate your pace. Click below and set up an appointment to discuss your unique situation and discover the best solution for you. 

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