Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of foot and heel pain and many people who develop this condition suffer for much longer than they should. In fact, most of the cases that I have treated in my office have had pain for years.
This is primarily because there is a tremendous amount of misinformation out there about how to treat it effectively. Prior to their visit with me, many of my patients have been to other physicians and countless therapy visits.
Most of the recommendations they receive are to stretch your calf muscles endlessly, get a cortisone shot, and get fitted for an orthotic. These methods can provide relief short-term, but these aren't long-term solutions for correction.
Plantar fasciitis is already so painful the last thing you want is to make it worse. Let's take a look at the top 10 mistakes to avoid.
Dr. Angela Walk
Foot & Ankle Specialist
Mistake #1: Wearing Incorrect Footwear
Poor footwear is one of the leading causes of foot and ankle disorders including plantar fasciitis. Most of our footwear today are tapered at the toe. Over time, our feet conform to the narrowed shape and this creates deformity.
No wonder we suffer from foot pain, bunions, and other gait related issues. Feet are a product of their environment. The shape of the footwear that you wear most often can actually begin to change and shape the structure of your feet.