Plantar fasciitis is any injury to this tendon and is the most common cause of heel pain.

It’s been noted approximately 10% of the population will suffer from plantar fasciitis at some point during their lifetime.

The plantar fascia of the foot is a thick band of connective tissue that extends from the toes, through the arch to the heel. The plantar tendon prevents the arch from completely flattening when weight is placed on the foot, providing cushioning while running, walking or standing. This connective tissue is also used when pointing the toes upwards.

Many factors can result in this extremely painful condition. Some of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Untreated Heel Spurs
  • Walking/Running On Uneven Terrain
  • Uncomfortable Foot Wear
  • Obesity
  • Long Periods Of Standing
  • Walking Barefoot Over Long Distances
  • Wearing Worn Out Shoes

Plantar Fasciitis is a condition so painful, it can cause suffers to adjust their normal gait to help alleviate the pain, actually appearing as a limp. This unnatural style of walking will, overtime, lead to a variety of other painful conditions. It’s important to be aware of early symptoms in order to provide proper treatment.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

If you find yourself suffering from any of these common symptoms of plantar fasciitis, it is imperative to seek treatment immediately; otherwise the condition can quickly worsen resulting in nearly unbearable pain.

  • Heel Pain After Long Periods Of Inactivity
  • Redness Of The Foot
  • Pain Worsening Throughout The Day
  • Foot Swelling
  • Pain In Only One Foot
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Foot/Heel Pain When Climbing Stairs
  • Foot Pain Appearing Shortly After Waking

Treatments For Plantar Fasciitis

If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, treatments will vary based on the severity of your specific symptoms. We will evaluate your foot and establish a treatment plan to help alleviate the pain quickly while helping to decrease the risk of future flare up. Often, a variety of treatments used in tandem are the best strategy to help improve the condition.

Our common treatments include:

  • Massage Therapy
  • Physical Rehabilitation
  • Pain Management Injections
  • Ankle Foot Orthotics
  • PRP Therapy
  • Chiropractic Adjustments Of The Feet & Joints

The best treatment available for plantar fasciitis is prevention. Following these tips can help decrease the risk of experiencing this painful condition:

  • Walk Evenly Landing On The Middle Of Your Foot
  • Thoroughly Stretch Prior To Any Walking/Running Activity
  • Point Toes Upwards If Sitting For Extended Periods
  • Jog Only On Flat, Even Surfaces
  • Wear Proper Footwear

Our goal at Scott Medical Center has been to improve your overall health. If you are currently suffering from the symptoms of plantar fasciitis we can help. Your journey to live pain free is just a phone call away. If you have questions about plantar fasciitis or other medical conditions that aren’t answered here, please Ask The Doctor, by completing the form to the right. A member of our staff will contact you as soon as possible.

You don’t have to live with daily, chronic pain. Let our team of medical specialists evaluate your symptoms and create a plan to increase your quality of life, pain free.