The foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis affects the heel and the arch. It happens as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that is located on the sole of the foot. It connects the heel to the toe. This problem is often painful. This is a common foot condition among athletes or in people who stand for long periods of time throughout the day. Plantar fasciitis gradually develops, and can cause pain while walking upon arising in the morning. Additionally, it may occur from genetic factors, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly, or from running on uneven surfaces. Many patients are aware of stretches that can be practiced which may bring mild relief. These can include a heel drop which is done by standing on a step, and lowering the heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Range of motion exercises can be done that may help to generally increase the strength of the overall foot. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you confer with a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this condition.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Toe-tal Family Footcare Associates. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
- Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
- Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Vista, CA and Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.