Why Do the Bottom of my Feet Hurt??
A foot problem that becomes more prominent during the summer months is plantar fascitis. Plantar fascitis occurs when the band of tissues that run from the heel along the arch of the foot becomes inflamed, causing tissue degeneration or formation of bone spurs. Symptoms include pain in your heel or arch when you walk. It is typically worse early in the morning, with your first few steps out of bed, and then again at the end of the day. Contributing factors to getting plantar fascitis include having pronation of the foot (low arches) and wearing flat, non-supportive shoes or sandals. It also can happen after a rapid weight gain, or a sudden increase in activity (i.e. beginning training for a marathon or a significant change in training). Treatment includes Cortisone shots, a change to more supportive footwear, and physical therapy, during which massage, ultrasound, and stretching of the affected area can bring about healing. Physical therapists can also evaluate your feet to recommend a specific type of shoe to best support your foot and prevent future problems. If you believe you may be suffering from plantar fascitis, call and make an appointment for a free consultation with one our physical therapists for a more pain-free and enjoyable walk through life!Share