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 Fasciitis
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, anti inflammatories 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!