Plantar Fasciitis

Chronic heel pain could be a warning sign that you have plantar fasciitis. Don’t delay in getting your plantar fasciitis discomfort treated.

Our orthopedic surgeons at the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center are expertly trained in all forms of foot and ankle care. Call one of our offices in Columbus, OH or book an appointment online today!

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“I had been in severe pain for a few months with an acute case of plantar fasciitis. I was trying to let time and stretching heal me, but the daily pain in walking or any kind of leg/foot movement was affecting everything I did (or tried to do). They were professional, fast, and easy to work with. I won’t go into the treatment in detail, but the end result is that I’m not in pain anymore. I unreservedly recommend this office and staff!” — H. M. C.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an orthopedic condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue located in the sole of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. This band of tissue forms an arch in your foot and aids in shock absorption while performing activities such as walking, running, and jumping.

The position and function of your plantar fascia require it to endure a lot of pressure every day. It’s because of this that plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis occurs as a result of overuse or overstretching of the plantar fascia. It may also develop due to tiny tears or because of the structure of your foot.

The following list shows some ways that plantar fasciitis may occur:

A woman experiencing plantar fasciitis pain.

You are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you are active and between the age of 40 and 70. Women are at slightly greater risk, especially in the latter stages of pregnancy.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

A foot doctor treating plantar fasciitis in Columbus.

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. The following list contains many of the possible symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis:

When You Should See a Doctor

Plantar fasciitis is not a medical emergency. However, if you have been experiencing heel or foot pain for more than a week, seeing an orthopedic doctor with experience in podiatry will get you access to treatment and ensure a faster recovery.

Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis

To diagnose plantar fasciitis, our doctor will begin with a physical exam. We will first examine your foot to identify the location of the pain. This can help rule out any other causes of pain.

Our doctor may also ask you to flex your foot while applying pressure to your plantar fascia. If you have increased pain while flexing your foot and an improvement when you point your toe, it often indicates plantar fasciitis.

You may also require the following imaging testing:

  • X-rays: To rule out problems with the bones, such as fractures.
  • MRI scan: This scan can help identify the thickening or swelling of the plantar fascia.
  • Ultrasound: This test may also help identify the thickening of the plantar fascia.

Managing Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Your doctor will likely begin to treat plantar fasciitis with conservative treatments to help manage your pain. Some examples are mentioned in the following list:

  • Medications: Ibuprofen (Advil and Motrin) or Acetaminophen (Tylenol) can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist can provide exercises to stretch your foot and heel.
  • Night splints: These help to stretch your foot while you sleep.
  • Rest: Allowing time for healing can help reduce symptoms.
  • Boot cast: A special boot can be worn for 3 to 6 weeks.
  • Custom orthotics: Orthotics, such as arch supports, can help alleviate pain by distributing pressure and help in preventing further damage to the plantar fascia.
  • Steroid injections: These can be applied to the heel to reduce inflammation and pain.

If you have chronic plantar fasciitis that doesn’t improve with conservative treatments, you may be recommended for Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy. However, on some rare occasions, surgery may be recommended.

How to Prevent Plantar Fasciitis

You can add simple things to your routine to help prevent plantar fasciitis. Try the following suggestions to prevent plantar fasciitis:

Get Your Plantar Fasciitis Treated Today

Plantar Fasciitis can cause sharp and stabbing heel pain in the arch area and may be worse when putting weight onto the foot. It is often caused by repetitive stress on the foot, such as running or standing for long periods of time, but it can also be caused by wearing ill-fitting shoes.

Don’t delay in getting your plantar fasciitis discomfort treated. Our skilled surgeons at the Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Center are expertly trained to treat a variety of foot and ankle conditions.

Contact us today to make an appointment today! We have convenient locations throughout Greater Columbus, OH. Our doctors are ready to help you resolve your foot discomfort.

Medically Reviewed by: Roberto A. Brandão, DPM, FACFAS

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