Plantar fasciitis is a painful heel condition that affects the plantar fascia (which is the fibrous band of tissue connecting the bottom of the foot to the heel bone and metatarsals at the ball of the foot). The plantar fascia helps maintain the arch of the foot, foot stability, and movement. Repeated stretching and contracting can result in micro-tears and/or inflammation of the plantar fascia. If the plantar fascia ruptures, the arch of the foot collapses and the foot flattens. People who suffer from plantar fasciitis often feel heel pain when getting out of bed or after prolonged sitting because the plantar fascia goes from a relaxed shortened state to a weighted, forced stretch. Those at greater risk for plantar fasciitis are those with flat feet, excessive foot pronation or feet that roll inward, high arches, weak plantar flexor muscles, those who run, and those who stand or walk for prolonged periods of time without sufficient rest and renewal. Because other types of heel pain may be misdiagnosed as plantar fasciitis, and untreated heel pain can worsen and interfere with daily functioning, if pain persists, a visit to a podiatrist is the best course of action for proper diagnosis and 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 InStride Family Foot Care. 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 our offices located in Concord, Charlotte, and Salisbury, NC . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.