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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Tuesday, 06 February 2024 00:00

Plantar fasciitis is a common and often painful condition that affects the sole of the foot, particularly the heel area. It occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is intense heel pain, typically described as a stabbing sensation, especially during the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. This condition is commonly associated with factors like excessive standing, walking, running, or wearing shoes with inadequate arch support. Treatment for plantar fasciitis often begins with conservative measures, such as rest and stretching exercises to alleviate inflammation and improve flexibility. Wearing supportive footwear and orthotic inserts can provide relief by reducing strain on the plantar fascia. In cases where conservative methods fail to provide relief, more advanced treatments such as corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy, or night splints may be recommended. Surgery is considered a last resort for severe cases. If you have persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment that is right for you.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Brian D. Jackson, DPM  from Neuhaus Foot and Ankle. 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
  • Overpronation
  • 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 one of our offices located in Columbia and Pulaski, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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