Seeking Relief for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a frequently encountered foot ailment that manifests as inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive stress on this area can lead to tiny tears, leading to severe heel discomfort, particularly during the initial steps in the morning or following extended periods of rest. This condition is commonly observed in athletes, runners, and individuals engaged in prolonged standing activities. A range of treatment options exists, including stretching exercises, orthotics, and physical therapy, all aimed at alleviating the symptoms and promoting healing. If you are grappling with this problem, it is suggested that you seek the expertise of a podiatrist to facilitate prompt recovery while preventing further deterioration.
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 Advanced Foot & Ankle Medical 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.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Thousand Oaks, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.