Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that causes heel pain. When the fascia, or band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes, becomes irritated or inflamed, it can cause pain in the heel. This condition is usually most painful when walking after sleeping or being off one’s feet for a lengthy time. Plantar fasciitis usually occurs because of poor weight distribution in the foot or after excessive and prolonged use. It is most apt to happen to those who run long distances or spend a lot of time on their feet. Risk factors include tight calf muscles, advanced age, poor arch support, being overweight, or wearing footwear that lacks proper support. One can try to relieve discomfort by staying off of their feet, icing the affected area, stretching the foot and calf, and wearing comfortable, supportive shoes and insoles. Compression socks might also be helpful. If you think you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, consult with a podiatrist who can ensure a proper diagnosis and provide effective treatment.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from PA Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors 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 one of our offices located in Allentown, Easton, Northampton, and Chew Street in Allentown, PA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.