Sylvania podiatrist Dr. Sanford Merkin offers treatments for runners with plantar fasciitis

Wendy Cornett

Anyone experiencing pain in the bottom of the heel may have a condition called plantar fasciitis and should seek treatment sooner rather than later, recommends Sylvania podiatrist Dr. Sanford Merkin.

“One of the most common things we see in the practice is plantar fasciitis. It’s very common, especially with runners,” Dr. Merkin said.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by a foot imbalance, which puts too much strain on the plantar fascia (the ligament that supports the arch of the foot) and causes the ligament to become inflamed. Runners are more susceptible to the condition because running puts much greater stress on the feet than walking.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain in the bottom of the heel – and occasionally the arch – particularly first thing in the morning or after sitting for long periods.

“The longer it’s been hurting, the harder it is to get rid of the pain because that inflammation has really set in,” he added.

A custom-made orthotic, which takes the strain off the foot by balancing the foot and controlling excessive pronation is the best treatment, Dr. Merkin explained.

“If we see someone with a foot imbalance and treat them earlier in life, we can help prevent a lot of the problems we have to treat surgically.”

Dr. Merkin’s office is located in the Flower Hospital Medical Building, 5300 Harroun Road, Suite 208, Sylvania.


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