Living With Plantar Fasciitis

Are you living with what seems like the unending heel pain of plantar fasciitis? If so, you’re not alone. Over 1 million Americans are diagnosed with this condition every year. 

Plantar fasciitis is painful, but living with it doesn’t have to be. At Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, our compassionate team uses an integrative approach to healing so you can achieve the best health of your life. We’ve put together this helpful guide to explain what you need to know about living with plantar fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of each foot, extending from your heel to the base of your toes. It provides support to your foot’s arch, allowing you to easily walk, run, and jump.

When this ligament is strained, however, small tears develop, leading to plantar fasciitis. This inflammation causes the plantar fascia to tighten at rest so that as you take your first steps after being still, the tissue pulls and causes pain in your foot and heel. 

In addition to the extreme pain it causes, plantar fasciitis can lead to swelling, redness, and a burning sensation in your foot and heel. Frequent standing, running, or walking can exacerbate symptoms. 

Common risk factors for plantar fasciitis include work that involves extended periods of standing, having tight calf muscles, and being overweight or obese. Not wearing comfortable, supportive shoes also contributes to the condition.

What can I do to reduce plantar fasciitis pain?

Although being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis can be frustrating, even small lifestyle changes can have a big effect on reducing the pain associated with the condition and make living with plantar fasciitis bearable. 

Here are some tips we’ve found helpful in reducing plantar fasciitis pain or preventing it from starting in the first place: 

How can I get more permanent relief?

Our team personalizes your treatment plan based on the severity of your plantar fasciitis. Treatments may include:

Typically, plantar fasciitis treatment at Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville entails a combined, holistic approach.

If you’re suffering from the heel pain of plantar fasciitis, call our office in Knoxville, Tennessee, or schedule a consultation online today.

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