What is Plantar Fasciitis?

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) approximately 2 million Americans are treated for Plantar Fasciities each year. But what exactly is plantar fasciitis? The condition develops from over-use and pain occurs when the thick ligament on the bottom of the foot, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, you may notice that your first step in the morning is very painful. Anytime you are off your foot then get back up, it can be painful as well. The most painful area is the heel area. Plantar fasciitis can occur with or without a heel spur.

Heel spurs develop over time, very often without causing any pain. However, when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, the spur will also irritate this ligament. Heel spurs are caused by an inflammation of the tissue and tendons that are connected to the heel bone. As the tissue becomes progressively more inflamed, the growth becomes a more persistent problem.

Two of the main reasons for inflammation include arthritis and damage to the Achilles tendon. Wearing poorly designed shoes that put a strain on the tendons and ligaments in your feet can also cause it. Currently, heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are the most common diseases seen in our office.

Treatment Options For Plantar Fasciitis

 Traditional therapeutic efforts have been directed at decreasing the presumed inflammation. These treatments include icing, non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), rest and activity modification, corticosteroids, splinting, shoe modifications, and custom orthotics.

Other treatment techniques have been directed at resolving the degeneration caused by the disease process. In general, these techniques are designed to create an acute inflammatory reaction with the goal of restarting the healing process. These techniques include injections to reduce swelling and pain, physical therapy and surgical procedures.

If you’re having persistent plantar fasciitis pain, it may be time to visit your podiatrist! Dr. Donald Stran is a Podiatrist serving the Houston and Friendswood areas. To learn more about our procedures or to schedule an appointment please call any of our locations listed below.

Friendswood: (281) 992-0006
Missouri City: (281) 741-3017
Lake Jackson: (979) 297-8500

Dr. Donald Stran

Dr. Donald C. Stran has practiced in the community since 1987. He is Board Certified and is a Fellow of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgery. He is currently a teaching physician with the St. Joseph’s Medical Center podiatric residency program.

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