Total Podiatry | Naples Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain Podiatrist
So…what is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel or the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by an inflamed ligament-like band in the foot. This band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, runs from the ball of your foot to your heel. Its purpose is to support your arch and absorb shock. When the plantar fascia becomes strained, pain can occur. Plantar fasciitis usually causes pain in the heel or along the inside of your foot where your arch and heel meet. But pain can develop anywhere along the bottom of your foot where the plantar fascia is inflamed. You may also experience tenderness, stiffness, or soles that are swollen or warm to the touch. Plantar fasciitis pain is usually worse after you’ve been off your feet for extended periods of time, especially in the morning and can also lead to other foot problems, such as heel spurs and bursitis. It can be the worst with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest.
Your risks of developing plantar fasciitis are higher when you’re active and between 40-70 years of age. Plantar fasciitis often develops because of strain or overuse. This type of stress causes small tears to form in the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation. Common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
Walking and running
Foot structure or gait
Playing sports with a lot of jumping
Exercises that stress the feet
Inadequate or poor-quality footwear
Long hours of walking or standing on hard surfaces
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
After reviewing your symptoms, Total Podiatry diagnoses plantar fasciitis after physically examining your feet. We look for:
Incorrect foot movement
Displaced bones or joints
Signs of redness or swelling
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Some of the more common variety of treatments include:
Ice to reduce inflammation and pain
Foot taping to support the arch and control movement
Custom-made orthotics to minimize strain on the plantar fascia
Surgical treatments to release plantar fascia tension
Additional methods that can help ease plantar fasciitis pain include losing weight, avoiding running or walking on hard floors or uneven ground, and wearing shoes with arch support.
Total Podiatry wants to ease your pain so that you can return to your active lifestyle as quickly as possible. If you are suffering with this condition, Total Podiatry can help. In some cases, Total Podiatry may recommend X-rays to identify other potential issues that may cause similar symptoms such as heel spurs or a stress fracture in your heel bone. In any case, plantar fasciitis is definitely treatable and we can help you restore your foot health back to normal.