Suffering from plantar fasciitis is no joke. This inflammatory condition affects the tissue in the sole of the foot, causing arch and heel pain that can be excruciating. Those most at risk of plantar fasciitis are runners and people who stand for long periods throughout the day. Factory workers, teachers, construction and warehouse workers, and people who work in restaurants or hospitals are at higher risk. Ways to prevent plantar fasciitis include investing in proper footwear, performing a series of strengthening and stretching exercises, and wearing orthotic inserts in your shoes. The most common cause of plantar fasciitis, by far, is running. The constant pounding on hard surfaces causes tiny tears in the plantar fascia, which then becomes inflamed. Well-cushioned footwear is essential, as the activity that produces plantar fasciitis can also affect the foot, ankles, legs, and knees. For more information about treating plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Leonard Talarico, DPM from Georgia. Our doctor 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 Pooler, GA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.