Plantar fasciitis, a prevalent foot condition, can cast a shadow on even the most active lifestyles. It occurs when the plantar fascia, which is defined as the ligament connecting the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed or strained. There are various reasons for plantar fasciitis, often stemming from repetitive stress, poor footwear choices, obesity, or abnormal foot structures, such as flat feet. Symptoms encompass sharp heel pain, especially during the first steps in the morning or after periods of inactivity. As painful as this condition can be, there are various options that can be implemented. Treatment methods can range from rest, and taking over-the-counter pain medications to targeted exercises that stretch and strengthen the plantar fascia. In more severe cases, podiatrists may recommend custom orthotics or corticosteroid injections. With proper care and attention, managing plantar fasciitis can help individuals step back into a life unhindered by foot discomfort. If you have developed plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can determine what the best course of treatment is for you.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Amir Shalev, DPM from Complete Foot & Ankle Care. 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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