What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults.

Pain is typically worse after long periods of rest, such as when you first wake in the morning. When you walk around for a bit, the pain usually goes away. However, you may also experience heel pain after long periods on your feet.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

The main symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp pain near the heel of your foot. Typically, this pain is more intense when you first put weight on your foot in the morning or after sitting for long periods. When you walk around for a bit, the pain usually dissipates. Although you may experience heel pain during exercise, it’s actually more common afterward.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that supports your arch, connecting the heel bone and toes. It sometimes occurs due to overuse and is fairly common in runners. However, it’s also common in people whose footwear provides inadequate support and those who are overweight.
plantar fasciitis vs healthy foot

Risk of developing plantar fasciitis is greater for people who:

Even if you fit all of these demographics, you can help prevent plantar fasciitis by maintaining a healthy weight and wearing high-quality shoes that offer ample support.

Conservative Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Conservative treatment (i.e. non-surgical) works well for around 95 percent of plantar fasciitis patients. Options include:

Your doctor may also demonstrate stretches you can perform after exercising, such as rolling a ball along the arch of the foot. These therapies help relieve pain and inflammation.

How Is Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosed?

If your podiatrist suspects you have plantar fasciitis, he or she begins by taking your medical history and conducting a physical exam. They should ask you to describe when your heel pain began as well as when it’s worse. In addition, expect to demonstrate where the pain occurs. In some situations, your podiatrist may order diagnostic exams, particularly X-ray and MRI. If your doctor orders these tests, he or she is probably trying to rule out other causes of your pain, such as a stress fracture.
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Surgery and Other Procedures to Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Most podiatrists pursue conservative treatment options for at least 6 to 12 months before considering surgery. Plantar fascia surgery is relatively rare and typically only ordered when pain is severe and conservative treatment provides no relief.

Other alternative treatment options include:

Again, these options – particularly surgery – are reserved for when your plantar fasciitis just isn’t responding to conservative treatments.

Tricks to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis Pain at Home

In addition to the conservative treatment options listed above, the following help relieve the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis:

Stretching exercises, shoe gear modifications and not walking barefoot, steroid injections, custom orthotics and physical therapy.
Help treat and prevent leg, foot and lower-extremity injuries, provide arch support to reduce, prevent or stop foot pain, they can help realign your body a bit and relieve the pain and discomfort, prevent osteoarthritis in foot and ankle, help with knee pain, lower pain and foot and ankle fatigue.
Amnio injections help with soft tissue repair, chronic pain to help regenerate healthy cells to heal injuries. Amnio contains growth factors, cytokines and others that promote healing when one injects them into adult tissue. Reduction in pain. No down time after injection. Get back on your feet faster.
Wear good supportive shoes. wear the appropriate shoes for the specific sport or activity. Strengthen Your Leg, Foot, Hip and Core Muscles. Replace athletic shoes when the tread wears out or the heels wear down. Avoid running or stepping on uneven surfaces.
Soak in lukewarm water and Epsom salt, apply antibiotic ointment with Band aid. Wear comfortable shoes and socks. See a Podiatrist.

Prepare for Your Doctor Appointment

Your doctor should ask a variety of questions about your symptoms and lifestyle. If you don’t already have it, create a list of all prescription and over-the-counter medications you take, as well as supplements and vitamins. Your list should include the name and dosage. Ask your doctor if he or she recommends any diagnostic tests. You may wish to take notes regarding the course of care prescribed. And ask how long you should expect it to take before you see improvement. If you’re experiencing heel pain, Phoenician Foot and Ankle can help. Call 480-253-9996 or complete our contact form to schedule an appointment.

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