Plantar Fasciitis: What is it? What are my symptoms?

Plantar fasciitis is by far the most common cause of heel pain.  Millions of people each year experience plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and attaches to the heel.  The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain with first steps in the morning and pain with standing after periods of rest.  95% of the time the pain is in the heel, but it can also be in the arch.

Plantar Fasciitis: What are my treatment options?

In many cases, individuals suffering from heel pain will require no more than a conservative treatment, and only a small number will require surgery. To determine the ideal treatment for your unique situation, your podiatrist will begin by taking an x-ray to evaluate the problem. This will help discover any abnormality, such as a stress fracture or a heel spur.

For the majority of patients requiring conservative treatment, options include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Shoe inserts, i.e., orthotics
  • Physical therapy
  • Cortisone injections

It is also important that you wear supportive athletic shoes and adjust your daily strain level accordingly. If you feel no improvement, we will recommend night splints, supportive walking boots, and taking weight off your foot entirely. If all else fails, your condition may require surgery, involving the removal of an excessive section of the plantar fascia.

Plantar Fasciitis: When should I seek treatment?

If you are experiencing any form of foot pain, particularly if the symptoms resemble those of Plantar Fasciitis, are perpetual and/or seem to be intensifying, you should see your Ankle & Foot Centers of America podiatrist as soon as possible. Our professional podiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of heel pain and their underlying causes. We will assess your situation and discuss your treatment options with you to promptly set you on the path to recovery.

Make an Appointment Today!

For treatment or to learn more about your Heel Pain and other forms of foot pain, please contact Ankle and Foot Centers of America by dialing (615) 814-0885 or complete an appointment request and we will contact you to get you set up to start your path to living life pain free.

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