Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Tuesday, 28 June 2022 00:00

While a common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, treatment options for relief may vary. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the band of tissue on the sole of the foot that runs from the bottom of the toes to the heel. It is an overuse injury and is especially common among runners. With every step the plantar fascia contracts and then stretches, which can cause tiny tears in the tissue nearest the heel bone. The area then becomes inflamed and painful. Corticosteroid injections are a common treatment option for plantar fasciitis because they help to reduce the inflammation. However, steroids may also weaken the fatty pads under the heel, which in some cases results in chronic pain. A number of non-invasive treatments are thought to help reduce the effects of plantar fasciitis in those who do not respond to exercises and stretching. Among them are shock wave therapy and ultrasound therapy. If you have questions about treatment options, please consult a podiatrist for more information.  

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that is often caused by a strain injury. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Advanced Foot & Ankle Associates, PLLC. Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis is the result. If you have plantar fasciitis you will have a stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As the day progresses and you walk around more, this pain will start to disappear, but it will return after long periods of standing or sitting.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Having high arches in your feet
  • Other foot issues such as flat feet
  • Pregnancy (due to the sudden weight gain)
  • Being on your feet very often

There are some risk factors that may make you more likely to develop plantar fasciitis compared to others. The condition most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40 and 60. It also tends to affect people who are obese because the extra pounds result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

Prevention

  • Take good care of your feet – Wear shoes that have good arch support and heel cushioning.
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • If you are a runner, alternate running with other sports that won’t cause heel pain

There are a variety of treatment options available for plantar fasciitis along with the pain that accompanies it. Additionally, physical therapy is a very important component in the treatment process. It is important that you meet with your podiatrist to determine which treatment option is best for you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lake Worth and Aledo/Willow Park, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

 

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