All About Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis is a relatively common condition that causes heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot. In certain instances, this tissue can tear or become inflamed, causing pain in the heel, arch, or ball of the foot when standing or walking.
Typically, plantar fasciitis affects those who:

  • Are over 40 years of age
  • Participate in a job, sport, or activity that involves long periods of standing
  • Experience a sudden spike in physical activity
  • Have a Body Mass Index (or BMI) greater than 30
  • Suffer from a gradual decrease in calf muscle flexibility
  • Have flat feet (pronation of the foot)

If you’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a physical therapist can help. At Steindler Orthopedic Clinic, Jessica Keeran, P.T., D.P.T. will work with you to develop a custom program to improve flexibility, promote correct ankle and toe positions, minimize stress on the plantar fascia, and manage pain. An integral member of our Foot & Ankle Center, Jessica graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of Iowa in 2008 and has been practicing outpatient physical therapy since 2011. To make an appointment with Jessica or any of our physical therapy professionals, call (319) 338-3606.