Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition resulting from inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick tissue band connecting the heel to the toes. This inflammation typically occurs due to excessive stress on the feet, which can be caused by activities such as running, prolonged standing, or wearing improperly fitted footwear. To alleviate the pain and prevent future flare-ups, begin by avoiding activities that make the condition worse. Daily stretching exercises prescribed by a podiatrist can help improve flexibility and strengthen the foot muscles. Choosing footwear with proper arch support and heel cushioning is essential, and in some cases, custom orthotic shoe inserts may be needed. When conservative treatments are ineffective, corticosteroid injections can help to reduce inflammation and pain. If plantar fasciitis pain is affecting your ability to carry out daily activities, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for an appropriate treatment plan.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Jordan Baker, DPM from Best Foot Forward Surgical Podiatry. Our doctor 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.
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