Plantar fasciitis is currently one of the most common causes of heel pain, and it can cause noticeable pain when you first get up during the mornings. The condition typically affects people who are aged 30 to 60, “caused by micro tears or inflammation in the band of tissues on the bottom of your foot that are attached to your heel bone.” Heel pain from plantar fasciitis often gets worse throughout the day, so it’s important to see a podiatrist immediately. Treating your plantar fasciitis condition involves stretching your foot muscles, using anti-inflammatory medications, and icing your heels at night. Foot inserts or custom orthotics can also help alleviate any pain associated with the condition.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with Dr. Alan Discont, D.P.M. of Family Foot and Ankle Care. Dr. Discont will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
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 Chandler, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.