One of the most common causes of heel pain is the foot condition that is known as plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a portion of tissue that is found on the sole of the foot. It connects the heel to the toes, and it may become inflamed or torn for various reasons. These can include obesity, standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, or wearing shoes that do not fit correctly. Patients have found the pain may be worse in the morning upon arising, and may feel better as the day progresses. This may be a result of moving the foot, and it is beneficial that specific stretches are performed during the day for continued relief. Additionally, wearing custom-made orthotics may help to reduce existing inflammation and increase comfort level. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Adriana Strimbu, 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Hallandale Beach, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.