Plantar fasciitis is an uncomfortable foot condition. Some people experience debilitating pain and often seek medical treatment from a podiatrist for relief. It develops as a result of an irritated or torn plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue on the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia connects the heel to the toes and is necessary for pointing and flexing the foot. An injury can cause the plantar fascia to become damaged, possibly causing limping and the patient to favor one foot. Performing simple exercises may help the plantar fascia to become stronger. A calf raise is an effective stretch to do several times per day and is done by standing on a step, and lowering one heel at a time until a gentle pull is felt. It may also help to roll the affected foot on a tennis ball or frozen bottle of water, which can help to loosen the bottom of the foot. Many people prefer to use a towel to stretch their feet. This is done by placing it on the floor and scrunching it with their toes. If you are afflicted with plantar fasciitis, it is strongly suggested that you speak to a podiatrist as quickly as possible who can offer you the treatment that is best for you.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact the podiatrists from Boston Common Podiatry. 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 Boston, MA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.