Is plantar fasciitis the cause of your heel pain?

heel pain causesYou’ve just woken up, turned off your alarm, had that first stretch of the morning, and then swung your legs over the side of the bed to stand up. You take a few steps, but with each one, you have pain in the heel of your foot. It happens morning after morning. What could be causing you pain before you’ve even started your day? The likely culprit is plantar fasciitis, an overuse injury resulting in inflammation of the connective tissue (the fascia) along the sole (the plantar surface) of your foot.

Who is at risk for developing plantar fasciitis?

Although anyone can suffer from plantar fasciitis, those most at risk for developing it are women, anyone overweight, those who have jobs requiring extensive walking or time standing on hard surfaces, or athletes engaged in sports involving stress on the calves, ankles, and feet. Those with excessively flat or excessively high arches are also more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.

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Interesting foot facts

interesting foot facts

The human foot is an amazingly complex structure. Feet have a large number of bones in them despite their size. They convey us from one place to another when we walk or run. The health of them is often the first indicator of other problems, particularly for diabetics. The following foot facts will provide you with some information to consider about your own foot health:

Foot anatomy

Did you know that a full quarter of your bones — 52, to be exact — are in your feet? In each foot, you have 26 bones, 107 ligaments, 19 muscles, and numerous tendons. Additionally, you have about 125,000 sweat glands in each foot, and you can sweat as much as a half pint per day just through your feet! And, by the time you were 12 years old, your feet were already 90% of their adult size.

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An overview of proper shoe fit

shoe fitting

A number of common foot and ankle injuries and abnormalities can be avoided by getting one thing right: proper shoe fit. When shopping for shoes, there are a number of factors to consider. Today we will focus on the overall fit.

Regardless of what type of shoes you are purchasing, try on shoes and have your feet measured in the afternoon as it is common to have mild foot swelling throughout the course of the day. Additionally, if you exercise, your feet may swell as much as a full size during your workout. Your exercise shoes may need to be a size larger than your everyday shoes.

The podiatrists at Kansas City Foot Specialists can help you to determine your shoe size by properly measuring your feet. When having your feet measured, either by one of our podiatrists or at a store, always have your feet measured while standing, and measure both feet. Also, measure both length and width.

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At-home preventive foot care for diabetics

diabetic home foot care

Although everyone should take steps to care for their feet, proper foot care is especially important for those with diabetes. Diabetes dramatically increases a person’s risk of foot-related health complications. For those with diabetes, foot problems are often the first sign of additional health problems to come.

 Inspecting your feet at home on a regular basis is a great first step towards caring for your feet, and it is especially important for those with diabetes to have an annual examination with a primary care doctor or podiatrist.

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Corns, calluses, bunions

corns calluses bunions

A variety of bumps and lumps can occur on the feet, but what are they and what can be done about them? Of these, corns, calluses, and bunions are among the most common. Those with diabetes or circulation disorders should have their feet examined regularly by a podiatrist for these and other disorders.

 What are corns, calluses, and bunions?

Corns and calluses

Thickened patches of skin, with a rough, dull appearance, are known as corns and calluses. Corns and calluses are the same thing but in different areas of the foot. Thickening on the bottom of the foot is a callus, while thickening on the top of the foot or toe is a corn. They become painful when too thick.

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