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What Causes Plantar Fasciitis and How Can I Prevent It?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common sources of foot pain complaints. This condition causes excruciating heel pain, specifically at the bottom of your heel. 

While treatments are available and we can relieve the pain, the exact cause of plantar fasciitis hasn’t been determined. This makes it difficult to pin down exactly how to avoid it. 

At Integrated Medical Solutions of Knoxville, our team of integrative medicine experts provides care and advice for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. This includes pain relief as well as physical therapy and regenerative medicine. 

If you’re suffering from heel pain, determining the cause and receiving appropriate treatment can help you overcome the daily struggle of getting out of bed. 

Plantar fasciitis basics

Plantar fasciitis is damage to the plantar fascia ligament, which supports the arch of your foot. 

The plantar fascia runs from your heel to the front of your foot, and it absorbs shock as you move. But wear-and-tear can cause this ligament to become damaged or strained, which leads to pain whenever you apply pressure to your foot. 

Some people never experience plantar fasciitis, while others struggle with it for seemingly no reason. Many theories have been put forward, but the exact cause of plantar fasciitis is still not known. 

It does appear to be more common among women, especially pregnant women and women ages 40-70. 

Plantar fasciitis prevention and mitigation

Since it’s not 100% clear what causes plantar fasciitis, prevention is more about reducing risk than a sure-fire solution. You can change aspects about your lifestyle to reduce strain on your feet and thereby reduce the likelihood of plantar fasciitis. 

If you already have plantar fasciitis, these lifestyle changes may also be able to reduce pain related to the condition. Consider the following adaptations to your daily routine:

If you’re already struggling with heel pain and suspect you have plantar fasciitis, your best bet is to seek expert medical help. Professionals like ours at Integrated Medical Solutions can provide additional tips, along with pain relief and rehabilitation techniques. 

Treatments for plantar fasciitis can include:

To learn more about plantar fasciitis and the treatments available, contact our Knoxville, Tennessee, office and one of our staff members will help you. Call us at 865-233-9197 or request an appointment online.

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