Can I Walk With Plantar Fasciitis?


One of the most common foot-related injuries among Frisco athletes is plantar fasciitis. It’s also not something you’ll be able to forget because when it flares up, it can cause severe pain in your foot. If you have plantar fasciitis, you will find that sitting down is the only way to relieve your discomfort. Frisco men and women will suffer unbearable pain while walking, biking, or even standing. 


Can walking make Plantar Fasciitis worse?


When people have plantar fasciitis, they can’t fully stop walking, but if they do so wrong, it can exacerbate their symptoms. Plantar fasciitis can be aggravated by a variety of walking activities, including:

  • Walking on hard surfaces
  • Walking too quickly
  • Wearing shoes that do not fit correctly
  • Walking too much at one time


When do your heels hurt?


If you wake up with pain in one or both heels that doesn’t go away after a few days, you might have Plantar Fasciitis. You can experience heel pain while walking after sitting for an extended period of time, such as in a car or at your office desk.

Strain, inflammation, and damage to the stretchy plantar fascia ligament that stretches the arch of your foot from heel to ball are all symptoms of plantar fasciitis. The ligament becomes still and cool when you sleep or when you’ve been sitting for a long time, making discomfort worse when you first get to your feet. After that, as you continue to walk around, you will find that the heel pain subsides as the ligament warms up.

Although a few minutes of walking when you first wake up will help to relieve immediate heel pain, you will find that every effort to walk or run a long distance causes even more pain. This may be a sign of Plantar Fasciitis or a disorder called Achilles Tendinitis, which affects the tendons of the calf and ankle.

Additionally, if you’ve experienced a feeling of being stabbed in the heel by a small pebble on your everyday stroll, you might have formed a heel spur, which is a bony calcium deposit on the heel bone. These protrusions can be pointed, hooked, or shelf-shaped, and they can pierce the smooth, fatty tissue that cushions your heel as you walk, causing mild to extreme pain.

In conclusion, both morning heel pain and heel pain while walking are significant indicators that you might have a physical foot problem. Ignoring such signs is never a good idea because it can lead to further harm and debility.


How to preventing more pain when walking with Plantar Fasciitis


In fact, it is not the act of walking that causes plantar fasciitis to worsen. What matters is how you walk. To prevent increased or additional pain while walking, make sure to:

  • Wear shoes that are the right size for you.
  • When you’ve finished walking, ice your feet to help minimize inflammation.
  • Avoid walking for long periods of time on very rough surfaces.
  • Wrap your feet in a blanket for added protection.
  • When you’ve done walking, stretch your feet.
  • Wear shoe inserts to add cushion and arch support to your shoes.



Are You Looking for a Sports Medicine Physician to Treat Your Plantar Fasciitis?

As you know, the plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.  Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of this tissue, which can cause a stabbing pain usually felt at the heel.  Dr. Chen sees patients with plantar fasciitis at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions.  Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top-ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!



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