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Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is among the most common causes of heel pain. It occurs in the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue which runs across the bottom of your foot and connects the heel and the toes. Plantar Fasciitis is usually more apparent in the early mornings when you first get up, and resides once your feet get moving. The pain can also return after long periods of standing, or sitting.

Plantar Fasciitis is most common in middle-aged people, athletes, or those who find themselves on their feet a lot.


Plantar Fasciitis is caused when the tension in the foot is too great, and small tears occur. Repeated tearing or stretching can cause the fascia to become irritated or inflamed.

It can be caused by various things such as:

  • Rolling your feet inward when you walk
  • High arches or flat feet
  • If your shoes don’t fit well
  • Spending a lot of time walking, standing, or running on hard surfaces


Most symptoms occur in the morning when you first get up, sharp pains, or stiffness may occur. Generally, it goes away after a few steps, but the pain may reoccur during the day.


Treatment options vary depending on the patient and the reason for the strain. Most cases will improve overtime regardless of treatment.

Suggested treatment options may be:

  • Resting Your Feet - Restrain from doing activities that causes your foot to hurt, such as running on hard surfaces.
  • Stretches - Certain stretches may help reduce the pain, and allow you to do your daily activities with little pain.
  • New Shoes - Shoes that have proper support and a cushioned sole can help.

Surgery is generally not needed to correct or treat plantar fasciitis.

If you are experiencing persistent foot pain, contact Dr. Anthony LaMarra, Houston-based podiatric specialist.