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Free plantar fasciitis lecture Aug. 24 and screening Aug. 31

Joliet, IL (August 15, 2011)— Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by overuse of the heel of the foot. This condition is a common problem that can cause nagging pain in the heel of the foot. In fact, heel pain affects nearly two million Americans each year. The most common complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or aching pain in the heel of the foot.

The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. Repeated movements can strain the arch and cause tiny tears in the tissue, causing your feet to get weak, swollen, and inflamed,” says Dr. Paul Kirchner, podiatrist on staff at Silver Cross Hospital

Plantar fasciitis is most common in middle-aged people, but can also occur in younger people who are on their feet a lot. You are at a greater risk if you do any of the following:

  • Your feet roll inward too much when you walk
  • You have high arches or flat feet.
  • You walk, stand, or run for long periods of time, especially on hard surfaces.
  • You are overweight.
  • You wear shoes that don't fit well or are worn out.
  • You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.

kirchner pWhat are the symptoms?
Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.

How is it treated?
No single treatment works best for everyone with plantar fasciitis. But there are many things you can try to help your feet get better, including resting your feet and icing the heals of your feet throughout the day. “It is very important for people to use the right shoes, and make sure their feet are getting the proper support,” shares Dr. Kirchner.

If you would like to learn more about the latest treatment options for Plantar Fasciitis, Join Dr. Kirchner’s free lecture, “Feet First: Running & The Injured Athlete” on Wednesday, August 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center, 1200 Maple Rd., Joliet.  Register to attend online at or call (888)-660-HEAL (4325). 

Free Screening with RIC at Silver Cross
Join The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) in the Silver Cross Professional Building at 250 E. Maple St., New Lenox on Wednesday, August 31,  from 1 to 4 p.m. for free heel and foot screenings. A physical therapist with RIC at Silver Cross will provide a screening of the foot to determine possible causes of plantar fascia pain. Participants will receive a free home exercise program and tips for preventing plantar fasciitis. To schedule an appointment, call (815) 463-6123.

About Dr. Paul Kirchner
Dr. Paul Kirchner is a board certified podiatrist and has successfully treated thousands of patients with feet and heel pain. He graduated from the Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and completed residency at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.  To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kirchner at Lincoln-Way Medical Associates, 250 E. Maple St., New Lenox, call 815-485-0760.

About Silver Cross Hospital
Silver Cross Hospital is a not-for-profit health care provider serving Will County and southwest suburban communities since 1895.  Silver Cross has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals National Award winner for the last seven consecutive years and as one of America’s Most Customer Friendly Hospitals by the American Alliance of Healthcare Providers. With over 2,900 employees, physicians and volunteers, Silver Cross operates a 304-bed acute care hospital and eight satellite facilities providing outpatient services and physician offices. Construction has begun to build a state-of-the-art replacement hospital opening in 2012 in New Lenox. To learn more about Silver Cross Hospital or a referral to a physician on staff, visit or call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).


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