MD Podiatrist Discusses Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tight band of tissue on the bottom of your foot, can happen to anyone, said Dan Michaels, DPM, but it occurs more frequently in people who are on their feet for long periods of time. “It’s probably more common than most people think,” he said, noting that he has seen a resurgence of patients with the condition as more people have been returning to post-lockdown life. On Monday, Tiger Woods posted on Twitter that he withdrew from a golf tournament because he has developed plantar fasciitis in his right foot, making it difficult to walk.
That pain becomes especially pronounced after lengthy periods of inactivity – people with the condition feel their feet throb when they step out of bed after a night’s sleep, or when they get out of the car after a long drive, Dr. Michaels said. Be sure to wear supportive, sturdy shoes – and if you walk a lot throughout the day, try to not wear the same pair of shoes two days in a row, Dr. Michaels said. If you have to wear a certain kind of shoe for work or school, change it up each day by adding a different insole to cushion your foot and avoid repeatedly straining it in the same way, he suggested.