What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the main ligament on the bottom of the foot. Usually, the inflammation occurs at the attachment to the heel bone, causing pain on the bottom of the heel. However, plantar fasciitis can cause pain in many locations along the arch of the foot.
Where Did My Plantar Fasciitis Come From?
Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is one of the most common foot problems in the world. The doctors at Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center treat this foot problem more than any other. It can occur in nearly anyone at any age, and it has many different causes. Excessive exercise, weight gain, and poor footwear are common contributing factors.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis usually causes pain on the bottom of the heel or arch area, most notably upon arising from rest. Sometimes the pain improves with activity, but usually worsens again with too much activity. The pain can be described as a deep, throbbing, or bruised feeling.
After listening to patients describe the pain on the bottom of their heel and performing a physical exam, the doctors at Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center can come to a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. Often, x-rays are taken of the foot in order to rule out other conditions. Ultrasound can also help evaluate the condition of the plantar fascia.
How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
Many options are available for treating heel pain due to plantar fasciitis. Most involve ways to support the foot, decrease inflammation, and promote healing of the damaged ligament. Rest is an important part of the treatment plan for this foot problem. Treatments include anti-inflammatory medications, cortisone injections, custom orthotic shoe inserts, stretching and icing techniques, night splint devices, walking casts, tape strappings on the foot, and physical therapy.
Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
A special treatment has recently emerged for plantar fasciitis called Shockwave Treatment. It is an FDA-approved treatment performed in an office setting without the need for anesthesia. It uses energy waves from a hand-held device to stimulate the body's own healing processes and repair damaged tissue.
What About Surgery?
In rare cases, outpatient surgery is necessary for severe plantar fasciitis. Most surgical procedures involve making a cut in the plantar fascia ligament to relieve tension on the heel.
The foot doctors at Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center can answer questions about this foot problem and treatment options. Call us at (919) 850-9111 to schedule an appointment with a podiatrist and learn more about your options for diagnosing and treating your heel pain from plantar fasciitis.
Find out more about Shockwave therapy by visiting our Shockwave page.
To get back on your feet—without the pain on the bottom of your heel—as soon as possible, and to learn how you can treat your plantar fasciitis, call Raleigh Foot and Ankle Center today to schedule your appointment with a foot doctor at (919) 850-9111 or fill out our online Request an Appointment form.