Can Racking Up the Miles Cause Heel Pain?
By Ankle and Foot Institute
May 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care
podiatrist plantar fasciitis orthoticsNo, we aren’t talking about the miles on your car. This is about the miles and pressure you put on your feet on a daily basis. Let us ask a quick question—are you dealing with foot issues, such as heel pain?

What is plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is formally called plantar fasciitis. It’s the pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue in the foot. The plantar fascia is responsible for connecting the heel bone to your toes, acting as the shock absorber. Pain typically occurs when the foot isn’t limber. You may notice a sharp pain while walking, typically during the morning and after long periods of sitting.

Common sufferers of plantar fasciitis

Athletes, people who are overweight and women who are pregnant are common sufferers of plantar fasciitis. Why is that? For athletes, many of them are involved in sports that require strenuous footwork: running, jumping and kicking. During such physically demanding activities, the plantar fascia has to absorb a lot of shock. Over time, the band of tissue can start to wear and tear, causing inflammation and pain. People who are overweight or pregnant have extra weight added to the equation, also applying unneeded strain.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis in St. Louis

If you deal with chronic heel pain, you should talk to your St. Louis, MO podiatrists, Drs. Richard Wittock and Gabriel Cardenas. They can give you top-notch advice and treatment options, such as custom-fit orthotics in St. Louis.
When you are constantly on your feet, your shoes will start to wear out, decreasing foot support. Custom-fit orthotics are designed with your feet in mind, paying attention to your unique foot structure. For more information regarding custom orthotics in St. Louis, Fenton area, call Ankle and Foot Institute at (636) 717-1100.