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Plantar Fasciitis on the Rise During the Pandemic

One of the most common foot conditions is known as plantar fasciitis. The pain from this ailment is in the heels and the arch, and it is a result of an inflamed plantar fascia. This is the band of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. The pain may be worse on arising in the morning, but can diminish as the day progresses. Plantar fasciitis can develop for various reasons. These include wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or standing on hard surfaces for most of the day. Runners can be affected by this condition, in addition to people who frequently participate in jumping activities. Research has indicated that the number of people who developed this condition increased during the pandemic. This may have been from spending more time in flip flops or walking barefoot, both of which offer little or no arch support. There may also have been more time spent running outside on uneven surfaces, while the workout facilities remained closed. If you have heel pain, please consult with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose plantar fasciitis and guide you toward correct treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.


  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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