Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the foot and causes you pain when you are at rest rather than when you're moving. Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition and anyone young or old can be affected by this condition, although it typically affects those that are overweight or are on their feet a lot. If you aren't sure if you have plantar fasciitis, read on for a few signs that you have this condition.
1. You Feel Pain When First Standing
With those first steps of the day, if you feel extreme pain, it may be due to plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is typically felt when you are at rest, so having rested your feet all night and then trying to walk on them, you'll feel this pain instantly. The pain may go away after those first several steps, only to have this pain again when you've rested your feet. The pain you may feel may be a stabbing pain in the heel of your foot, or along the arch as well. If you feel this pain, it could very well be plantar fasciitis.
2. Your Foot Pain Always Returns
If you experience this pain all of the time, and it just doesn't seem to go away, as in it's been weeks of you feeling this pain when you take your first steps in the morning, it could be caused by plantar fasciitis. If you don't change what you are doing and taking better care of your feet, this pain is going to be around for a while. You need proper treatment by a podiatrist to help your feet heal properly.
3. You Feel Pain in the Heel and Arch
Your foot pain with plantar fasciitis is caused by the tendon in the foot being stretched and then tightened too much. This tendon runs from the toes up and around the heel. If you are feeling this pain in your arch and your heel, it could be caused by a few things, but it more than likely is plantar fasciitis. Seeking treatment by a podiatrist for an exact diagnosis is very important.
If you are experiencing any of the above-mentioned signs, you could have plantar fasciitis. Make an appointment with your podiatrist for an exam of your feet to determine if it is in fact plantar fasciitis and get the proper treatment so your feet can heal properly.