How To Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

Looking for ways to prevent plantar fasciitis? Dr. Ross Bartley, Dr. Russell Grimes, and Dr. Tyler Sten at Pivotal Foot & Ankle Surgeons in Independence, Kansas City, & St. Joseph, MO share some of the most effective tips below.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis? 

Before diving into how to prevent this issue, it’s important to understand what it is. Along the bottom of your feet from the heels to the toes is a band of tissue called fascia. It has two very important jobs: to absorb shock as you move and to support the arches of your feet.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the fascia has become damaged and inflamed. This occurs due to repetitive stress or excessive strain such as in athletes and those who are on their feet for long periods, like nurses and servers. The following are six steps that can help undo or prevent this damage.

Adapt Your Activity 

Reduce your chances of developing plantar fasciitis by adjusting your activity. Trade some of your more intense workouts for low-impact activities, like bicycling, walking, or swimming.

Give Yourself a Break 

Your feet need a break as much as the rest of your body does. Take some time to rest and put your feet up after spending time on your feet.

Stretch It Out 

Develop a habit of stretching your arches, ankles, and calves to relieve any tension that builds up throughout your day. If you live in or around Independence, Kansas City, & St. Joseph, MO, Dr. Bartley, Dr. Grimes, and Dr. Sten at Pivotal Foot & Ankle Surgeons can show you some of the most effective exercises to do in the morning and evenings to prevent plantar fasciitis.

Maintain a Healthy Weight 

Extra weight means unnecessary pressure on your fascia. By dropping even a few pounds, you reduce the likelihood of developing this painful condition. 

Comfort and Support Are Key 

Never wear shoes that are worn out, as you won’t get the support you need. Don’t wear shoes with high heels or very thin soles. Purchase shoes that provide proper support for your arches and that your feet fit comfortably into. Custom orthotics are also a great idea, as they are designed specifically for your foot structure.

Let our team at Pivotal Foot & Ankle Surgeons in Independence, Kansas City, & St. Joseph, MO help you keep your feet healthy and free from the pain of plantar fasciitis. Call (816) 364-2338 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bartley, Dr. Grimes, or Dr. Sten today.


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