Plantar Fasciitis is a painful condition of inflammation along the bottom of the affected foot.
Noninvasive treatments for Plantar Fasciitis exist, but some cases do require surgery. The Podiatrists and surgeons at AFACC always look to conservative treatment first, and only suggest surgery when completely necessary.
For more information or to have your feet examined for Plantar Fasciitis, contact the AFACC clinic nearest you or fill out the form to the right. To learn more about Plantar Fasciitis, symptoms and treatment, read below.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the connective tissue (fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot (plantar surface), from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Causes & Symptoms
This condition occurs when the plantar fascia is strained beyond its normal extension, causing the soft tissue fibers of the fascia to tear or stretch at points along its length; this leads to inflammation, pain, and possibly the growth of a bone spur where it attaches to the heel bone. The inflammation may be aggravated by shoes that lack appropriate support, especially in the arch area, and by the chronic irritation that sometimes accompanies an athletic lifestyle.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis include:
- difficulty walking after prolonged periods of rest
Diagnosis & Treatment
If pain and other symptom persist, you should limit normal daily activities and contact your podiatrist for assessment and possible X-rays to rule out bone spurs. It’s important to note that resting by itself often provides only temporary relief – the pain often returns after prolonged rest or extensive walking.
When caught early, conservative treatment options are usually enough to remedy Plantar Fasciitis.
Nonsurgical treatments may include:
- Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medication
- Exercise & shoe recommendations
- Taping or Strapping (to support the foot and place stressed muscles and tendons into a restful state)
- Use of shoe inserts or orthotic devices
Relatively few cases of heel pain due to Plantar Fasciitis require more advanced treatments or surgery. If surgery is necessary, it may involve the release of the plantar fascia, removal of a spur, bursa, neuroma or other soft-tissue growth. The podiatrists at AFACC always look to conservative treatment first, and only suggest surgery when absolutely necessary.
For more information on Plantar Fasciitis or to have your feet assessed, schedule an appointment at the AFACC Podiatry clinic nearest you today.