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.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that may cause a stabbing pain in the heel. As a result, someone who has the condition may find common activities such as running and walking to be extremely painful. Plantar fasciitis occurs when there is an injury of the plantar fascia—the long structure at the base of the foot that connects the heel to the toes. Stretching has been proven to be effective in alleviating pain related to plantar fasciitis, so it is important that those with the condition incorporate stretching into their daily routines.
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.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Spencer Hardy from Red Mountain Footcare. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in Mesa, AZ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.
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