Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition marked by the inflammation along the bottom of your foot. A long band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes. When it becomes inflamed, it can lead to devastating heel and foot pain.
This is a common injury athletes and avid runners experience. Also, you can develop plantar fasciitis if you’re overweight or obese and don’t have sufficient support in your shoes.
What are common signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot or on your heel. Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful.
You usually feel the pain associated with plantar fasciitis right when you wake up in the morning, only to see it subside as you get your day started. However, the pain returns after a long period of standing, sitting and then standing, or physical activity.
Plantar fasciitis usually flares up and hurts after exercise, but not necessarily during it.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
A common cause of plantar fasciitis is the type of exercise you frequently engage in. For example, physical activity that places stress on your heel, such as distance running or certain types of dance, are more likely than other forms of exercise to cause plantar fasciitis.
However, there are other risk factors involved. Obesity is a common risk factor, as is having an occupation that keeps you on your feet for long periods of time. Also, being flat-footed and having an abnormal walk or foot mechanics can contribute to a plantar fasciitis diagnosis.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
After performing a comprehensive physical exam and any needed imaging tests, Dr. Deacon can offer a personalized treatment plan. Usually, he can treat plantar fasciitis with conservative, nonsurgical methods. Custom orthotics for your shoes, physical therapy, and night splints are all treatment options.
In more severe cases, surgery may be required to repair the inflamed tissue. One minimally invasive option is the Tenex procedure, which involves removing the scar tissue without surgery.
To learn more about treatment options for plantar fasciitis, call Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic or book an appointment online today.