16541654.jpegExperiencing discomfort or pain in your heel may be more than just fatigue from a long day on your feet. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), plantar fasciitis commonly affects approximately 10% of the general population. Notably, about 83% of those affected are active working adults aged between 25 and 65 years. This statistic shows that if you're experiencing heel paint, you're not alone.

That's why Dr. Michael Ruiz of Lake Erie Podiatry in Erie, a podiatric physician and surgeon with over 20 years of experience, is here to help you understand plantar fasciitis.

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Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a degenerative condition characterized by the inflammation of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.

This tissue acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch of your foot, helping you to walk. When it becomes strained or overused, small tears can occur in the fascia, causing it to become inflamed and painful.

The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Pain in the heel or arch of the foot
  • Stiffness in the foot or ankle.
  • Swelling or redness in the heel.
  • Having tight or weak calf muscles.
  • Difficulty walking or standing for long periods.

Pain is often more intense:

  • When taking the first steps after waking up.
  • During long periods of standing or walking.
  • After intense activity.

While plantar fasciitis pain may start as a mild annoyance, it can become debilitating if left untreated. It's essential to seek medical attention with a podiatrist like Dr. Ruiz if you experience these plantar fasciitis symptoms or persistent heel or foot pain for more than two weeks, as early treatment can prevent the condition from worsening.


Plantar fasciitis, sometimes called heel spurs syndrome, is often the leading cause of plantar heel pain. Other causes include:

  • Extended periods of standing or walking can put excessive strain on the plantar fascia, especially for those whose jobs require being on their feet all day.
  • Improper footwear that lacks proper support or cushioning can lead to increased stress on the foot. This includes flip-flops, high heels, or old and worn-out shoes that no longer provide the necessary support.
  • High-impact activities, such as running or high-intensity sports, can contribute to the wear and tear of the plantar fascia over time.
  • Physical factors like high arch or flat feet can affect the distribution of pressure, potentially leading to plantar fasciitis.
  • Weight gain or obesity puts additional pressure on the plantar fascia, making it more prone to inflammation.
  • Age is also a factor, with plantar fasciitis more common in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60.

    Get Relief With Dr. Ruiz!

    Plantar fasciitis, while common, doesn't have to be a persistent problem that gets in the way of your daily activities. Understanding its causes, recognizing the symptoms early, and adopting a proactive approach to treatment can make a significant difference.

    Dr. Michael Ruiz and the team at Lake Erie Podiatry are dedicated to providing effective, personalized care for those suffering from plantar fasciitis. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

    If you're experiencing heel pain or suspect you may have plantar fasciitis, don't hesitate to reach out to Lake Erie Podiatry at (814) 833-3668 or schedule an appointment with Dr. Ruiz. Get the relief you need today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you fully recover from chronic plantar fasciitis?

Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover in several months with conservative treatment. However, in people with chronic plantar fasciitis  (lasting longer than six months), additional treatment may be necessary. Dr. Ruiz will work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan to help you make a full recovery from chronic plantar fasciitis.

How do you cure plantar fasciitis fast?

While there is no quick cure for plantar fasciitis, there are steps you can take to alleviate symptoms and promote healing. These include resting your foot, wearing supportive shoes, stretching and strengthening exercises, using custom orthotics, and seeking treatment atLake Erie Podiatry.

Does wearing high heels cause plantar fasciitis?

Wearing high heels for extended periods can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. High heels put excessive pressure on the foot and strain the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and pain. It is best to avoid wearing high heels regularly and opt for more supportive footwear instead.