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Posts for: March, 2014

Causes of plantar fasciitis


If your heel hurts and it is more noticeable right when you stand up, you might have plantar fasciitis.  What causes this?  There are many things that may cause plantar fasciitis.  One thing that may cause it is if the structure of your foot is not right.  This may mean a person with either really flat feet or really high arches.  Another cause of plantar fasciitis may be the shoes you’re wearing.  They may not be supportive enough, especially if you are on your feet for long periods of time on a surface that is hard and flat such as cement.

When you come in to see Dr. Brian Gale about the pain in your heel he may ask you some questions, such as:

What type of feet do you have? (Flat arch, high arch)

How much activity do you do, and what kind of activity?

How much time do you spend standing?

What type of surface are you standing on?

What kind of insoles do you have in your shoe?

What type of shoe do you wear?

Dr. Brian Gale may also ask you to bring in the shoes you typically wear so he can make sure they are the right size and fit for you.


If you’re having heel pain make sure you call to set up an appointment with Dr. Brian Gale at Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic.  701-255-3338.

March 11, 2014
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Plantar Fasciitis/Heel Pain/Heel Spur-What’s In a Name?


Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Pain, and Heel Spurs are all the same thing.   There are many things that cause heel pain, but if you wake up in the morning and your heels hurt when you take your first step you might be suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.  What is plantar fasciitis?  It is when the ligament that goes from the heel to the toe becomes irritated and inflamed and that is the pain you feel.  The ligament becomes irritated because there are little tears in it where is attached to the heel and this causes the pain.  The tears in the ligament result in inflammation and long term inflammation can cause a heel spur.  The pain can be just on the bottom of the heel and is usually the worst right after waking up in the morning or getting up after sitting for a period of time.  This pain can be decreased by stretching (gently) this tissue.    Walking can help make the pain go away for a little bit, but if you are on your feet for long periods of time the pain may come back.  Dr. Gale sees patients with this problem every day at the Dakota Foot and Ankle Clinic.