The plantar fascia is a band of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or partially torn, the injury is known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis, which is often a result of overuse, results in heel pain, heel spurs, and pain in the arch of the foot. Pain from plantar fasciitis gradually worsens over time and is usually the worst after resting, especially after waking up in the morning, or sitting for a long period of time. Other times that pain from plantar fasciitis can persist include after exercise, when stretching the foot, or while pressing the sides of the foot. If you believe that you may have plantar fasciitis, it would be wise to consult with a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot & Ankle Institute at One Oak Medical. 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 offices located in Wayne, Paramus, Clifton, Montclair, Clifton, Edison, and Randolph, NJ . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.