The discomfort that comes from plantar fasciitis can cause difficulty in completing daily activities. It is felt in the heel, and if left untreated, the pain can become debilitating. This can happen as a result of an inflamed plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot connecting the heel to the toes. There are various reasons plantar fasciitis may develop, including wearing shoes that do not have adequate cushioning in the heel area, or from standing on hard surfaces for extended periods of time. Obesity can contribute to developing this condition, in addition to overuse that can happen from exercising or participating in any sport that impacts the plantar fascia. Heel pain may be worse in the morning upon arising, and performing specific stretches may help to reduce the pain. Plantar fasciitis is treated by a podiatrist, and if you have developed this uncomfortable foot condition, it is strongly suggested that you consult with this type of doctor who can provide you with relief options.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Kokomo Foot & Ankle Center. Our doctors 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
- 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.
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