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An Overview of Plantar Fasciitis

Monday, 05 August 2019 00:00

The plantar fascia is a rigid, thick tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. Causes include rapid weight gain, excessive exercise, flat feet, improper footwear and prolonged standing. The most common symptoms are heel swelling and/or stiffness, sharp or dull pain at the bottom of the foot and pain that worsens with the more weight that is put on it. The treatment options for plantar fasciitis are fairly basic. They are rest, applying ice, stretching and muscle strengthening exercises. Strategies that can be used to prevent plantar fasciitis from recurring are losing weight, wearing supportive, well-cushioned footwear, regularly performing plantar fascia stretching exercises and switching to low-impact forms of exercise such as swimming and stationary cycling. If you are experiencing any symptoms of plantar fasciitis, it is advised to consult with a podiatrist for the best treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Steven Stanton  from CyFair Family Foot Care. Our doctor 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
  • Overpronation
  • 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 office located in Houston, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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