Can Plantar Fasciitis Cause Ankle Pain?
When people in Frisco develop plantar fasciitis, their normal lifestyle may be altered. Sometimes the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning are difficult due to the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, but many times those symptoms will go away after a couple of minutes of walking. One concern patients have is whether their plantar fasciitis is weakening the ankles or will eventually lead to ankle problems. The truth is ankle discomfort is very possible when people have plantar fasciitis, mainly because of the altered walking and running motion that naturally develops as a result. The connection between plantar fasciitis and ankle discomfort is real, and here’s what patients need to know.
Relationship Between Plantar Fasciitis and the Ankles
The plantar fascia is a fibrous tissue in the foot that connects the toes with the heel bone. When the plantar fascia is stretched out too much or experiences increased tension, it can make the entire foot feel discomfort, including the ankles. The more a person walks or runs, the more the tension increases, which can lead to an altered walking motion. It’s this altered motion that can lead to ankle discomfort for Frisco patients.
Uneven Pressure on the Feet Creates Discomfort
The effects of plantar fasciitis can impact many areas of the body, including the ankles, spine, hips and more. The strain placed on the feet can make people limp slightly or change the way they step. This uneven pressure placed on the feet can put a strain on the ankles. And the longer the uneven pressure is applied, the greater the chance of ankle discomfort developing.
Relieving Discomfort in the Feet and Ankles
If patients in Frisco experience ankle discomfort due to plantar fasciitis, there are a few things they can do on their own to provide relief:
- Stretch. Stretching out the arches of the feet for just a few minutes every morning and throughout the day can provide instant relief in the short-term and help decrease plantar fasciitis symptoms for the long-term as well.
- Massage the feet. Using a massage ball to roll under the feet can take some tension and stress off of the feet and ankles. Just take it easy and don’t overdo it since the idea is to decrease the pressure on the bottom of the feet.
- Rest. Resting the feet and ankles may be difficult depending on job responsibilities or other duties. However, avoiding unnecessary pressure on the feet will help both them and the ankles relax.
- Focus on good posture. One thing many Frisco patients indicate they wish to improve is their posture. Having good posture can help create better balance, which creates even pressure on the feet and less strain on the ankles.
- Wear proper footwear. The more cushion and support in the shoes, the better support they will provide, in most cases.
- Decrease workout intensity. Working out with plantar fasciitis or another discomfort in the ankles must be done with low intensity to reduce the risk of worsening symptoms
At RNV Podiatry, we want our patients to be able to live a normal life without having to deal with the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Even a small amount of discomfort in the feet should merit a call to Dr. Verville since it’s possible the symptoms could intensify without treatments.
To learn more about the relationship between plantar fasciitis and the ankles, and to schedule, an appointment with Dr. Verville, contact us at (214) 385-8822