The plantar fascia is a connective band of tissue linking the heel with the toes. Since it is located on the bottom of the foot and is constantly used while standing, walking, running, and jumping, it may become torn, irritated, and swollen from overuse. The medical term for this condition is plantar fasciitis and it is the most common form of heel pain. Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually at its worst first thing in the morning after the plantar fascia has tightened overnight. After walking around and warming the body up, the pain typically subsides only to return later in the day. Because it can be caused by walking, running, and doing repetitive movements, plantar fasciitis has been nicknamed policeman’s heel, runner’s heel, and tennis heel. People who are elderly, obese, or work on their feet all day are more susceptible to acquiring this condition. Additionally, people who have high arches, flat fleet, or certain medical conditions are more at risk. Podiatrists have extensive experience and several effective methods for treating plantar fasciitis because it is so common. If you believe you have this condition, it is advised to make an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide a proper diagnosis, followed by starting correct treatment techniques.
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 Pennsylvania . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.