Let Us “Heel” Your Pain

Do you find yourself suffering from heel pain? It very well could be from a condition
known as Plantar Fasciitis. We are here to help with any questions that you may have
and are, as always, here for you!

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that extends from the heel to the ball of the foot, its
purpose is to support the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can occur with decreases in arch
support accompanied by a flat foot or a high arched foot type that leads to a tight plantar fascia
and achilles tendon. This pull on the heel bone causes inflammation and can lead to a bone
spur development, however the spur is not usually the cause of the pain. Plantar fasciitis is one
of the most common pathologies encountered by our practice. Luckily it can often be treated
with non surgical options with great success!

When to Call Elevate Foot & Ankle

In considering treatment, please contact Elevate Foot & Ankle when pain is interrupting your
activities and limiting your ability to carry out normal functions throughout the day. We are here
to assess and create a plan of action ( for example x-rays may be required to rule out a more
detrimental issue).

Elevate Foot & Ankle Treatment of Plantar Fascitis

Treatment options revolve around relieving a tight plantar fascial band and decreasing the pull
that occurs on the heel bone. Stretching exercises and proper shoe support are the mainstay of
treatment and 90% of patients can improve with these two treatment options. Other options
include periods of non weight bearing, avoiding barefoot walking, antiinflammatories such as
ibuprofen, corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, over the counter and custom orthotics, and
even surgical elongation of the plantar fascia called a plantar fasciotomy.

How to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

Prevention stems from maintenance stretching exercises on a daily basis and continuing to use
proper support of shoes. Call Elevate Foot & Ankle when basic stretching and shoe
modifications don’t relieve your discomfort. We would be happy to help you!

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