By Michael K. Block, DPM
November 13, 2018
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Plantar Fasciitis4 Signs You May Have Plantar Fasciitis

Do you have plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is condition that creates pain in the feet. The condition is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. Podiatrists offer treatments that can provide relief from plantar fasciitis. The Dr. Michael Block office, which is located in Abingdon, MD, offers a full range of podiatric services. Dr. Michael Block and Dr. Monica Cooney are some of the top podiatrists in Abingdon, MD. Here are four signs you may have plantar fasciitis. 

1. Foot Pain

Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot. Some individuals describe the pain as feeling like an ache or a bruise. The pain may develop gradually and worsen over time. The pain may be worse after you step out of bed in the morning, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or rising from sitting. The pain is usually worse after physical activity, not during it. 

2. Stiffness

Physical therapy is an important part of plantar fasciitis treatment. Plantar fasciitis can cause stiffness and limited range of motion of the foot. Climbing stairs can be difficult due to stiffness in the foot. Physical therapy can reduce stiffness, as well as improve range of motion, making you more mobile.

3. Numbness

Plantar fasciitis can cause numbness in the bottom of the foot. If you experience numbness in your foot, you may have no or very little sensation. Numbness of the foot can also occur because of an injury, nerve damage, and poor circulation to the foot (such as with peripheral vascular disease and diabetes).

4. Inflammation

Plantar fasciitis is also associated with swelling and warmth on the bottom of the foot. The swelling is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. There may also be tenderness of the bottom of the heel at the point of attachment of the plantar fascia. The key to proper diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is an exam by a podiatrist.

Whether your goal is getting back to work, the gym, sports, hobbies, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Call the Dr. Michael Block office at (410) 569-0445 right now to schedule a consultation in Abingdon, MD. We want you to live your best life!


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