Plantar fasciitis occurs when a band of tissue, called plantar fascia, is inflamed and irritated this results in heel pain.
There are several causes but the most common cause is a faulty foot structure. People who suffer from issues related to foot arches, overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to suffering from plantar fasciitis. Another cause is wearing non-supportive footwear which strains the plantar fascia. The American Podiatric Medical Association says that the discomfort may center on the front, middle or back of the heel and often results from muscular imbalance.
What is plantar fasciitis?
A chronic inflammation of the connective tissue running between the toes and heel bone, plantar fasciitis causes considerable pain, particularly in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. Surprisingly, though, its chief cause is strenuous overuse (running, jumping, dancing), overpronation (turning the foot in toward the midline) and poorly structured shoes.
Over time, the plantar fascia becomes overstretched and inflamed. Small bone spurs may form on the heel, compounding the discomfort. People who wear tight shoes or narrow shoes with high heels and patients who are over the age of 60 tend suffer from heel pain more often.
What are some symptoms?
The basic symptom all around is pain but where you're feeling it varies:
- bottom of the heel
- worse when getting up
- increasing pain time
Your Jasper and Woodstock podiatrist diagnosis your foot issue through medical history and foot examinations. Your doctor is able to determine its plantar fasciitis by eliminating all the possible causes. They use diagnostic imaging studies, x-rays, to make this determination.
How can your doctor help?
There are two methods for treating plantar fasciitis: non-surgical and surgical.
Non-surgical treatment include:
- Stretching exercises: Stretch out the muscles to ease the pain.
- Shoe modifications: Wear supportive shoes that support arches.
- Medications: Use oral non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce pain and inflammation.
- Avoid being barefoot: Walking barefoot puts unnecessary strain on your plantar fascia.
When Is Surgery Needed?
If several months of non-surgical treatment have gone by and there's still heel pain, surgery may be needed.
For more information about plantar Fasciitis, call Dr. Bret J. Hintze in Jasper and Woodstock, GA, at (770) 999-0703 or (770) 999-0804 Today!