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Plantar Fasciitis Causes: Are You at Risk?

There are two, clearly-divided camps of thought when it comes to waking in the morning:

“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Ben Franklin

“Put no trust in the benefits to accrue from early rising, as set forth by the infatuated Franklin…” – Mark Twain

Plantar Fasciitis Causes: Are You at Risk?Now, being an early riser probably has its advantages like, being able to see the sun rise and having more time to eat breakfast, but there are no proven medical benefits to doing so. (In all fairness, there may be nonmedical benefits, including greater productivity, time for exercise, and enjoying the sunrise…if that’s your thing.)

So how does this all tie into plantar fasciitis causes? Well, whether you choose to wake up early or hit the snooze button several times, waking tends to lose its allure when you are greeted with sharp heel pain accompanying the first steps of the day, which is a major warning sign of this common condition.

Essentially, the main cause of your pain is an inflamed connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia), connecting the heel and forefoot. The fascia helps support the foot arch, but issues arise when excessive pressure is placed on it. In response, the tissue sustains tiny tears, which the body begins repairing during periods of rest (like overnight). When the healing tissue faces additional strain before it is completely healed, the tears reopen and intense heel pain is the result.

Your tendency toward this type of discomfort increases with these risk factors:

  • Age. This condition most often affects individuals between 40 and 60 years old.
  • Obesity. Carrying extra bodyweight places additional stress on the plantar fascia.
  • Biomechanical issues. Both high and low arches can lead to gait abnormalities that increase your chances of heel discomfort.
  • Exercises. Any activity that places extra stress on the heel and connective tissue can lead to issues, but we have tips to help with this!
  • Certain occupations. Individuals who spend most working hours on their feet also have heightened risk and may benefit from a pair of orthotics.

Contact Dallas Podiatry Works if you are experiencing intense pain caused by plantar fasciitis and we will provide the treatment you need. Call us toll-free at 972.566.7474 or schedule an appointment with either of our Dallas and Plano, TX offices online today. Be sure to follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page to stay connected and receive valuable health tips and news!

"I did 3 EPAT treatments and it gave me tremendous relief from my plantar fasciitis. I highly recommend this for anyone who is dealing with PF. Also, the physical therapist Dr. Brook sent me too is fantastic. I am definitely on the mend and so glad I did EPAT."- All H. 5 star
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"The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of care."- Joseph B. 5 star
"My experience was a good one from pre-op to post -op. I saw the doctor right before my surgery.He explained the process to me and my husband. The recovery nurse was great. It was neither crowded or chaotic as some day surgery centers. My foot is doing well as I follow instructions. I look forward to my one week progress visit!"- Patricia T.5 star
"I had dealt with a painful foot problem for five months and had seen three different Doctors before seeing an article in D Magazine about Dr. Joel Brook. Dr. Brook took one look at my foot, explained the causes for my pain and set me up on a successful treatment plan. He is very knowledgeable, thorough and exhibits a caring attitude. I highly recommend him."- Ginger W. 5 star
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