Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition. The thick ligament on the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Usually 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 heel area has the most pain. Plantar fasciitis can occur with or without a heel spur.
Heel spurs develop over time. Very often they cause no 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 more and more inflamed, the growth becomes a more persistent problem. The reason for the inflammation could be arthritis, damage to the Achilles tendon or a number of other conditions. It can also be caused by wearing poorly designed shoes that put a strain on the tendons and ligaments in your feet.
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.
Prevention and treatment of heel spurs or plantar fasciitis can include:
Wearing proper athletic shoes
Orthotic shoe inserts, or custom orthotic footwear
Injections to reduce swelling and pain
Surgery may be prescribed if conservative treatment fails. Contact your podiatrist to find the right treatment option for you.
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Get Diagnosed and Treated for Plantar Fasciitis
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.