The plantar fascia is a broad band of tissue that connects the heel to the ball of the foot acting as a structural support for the arch. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of this tissue often resulting in heel pain. Patients with plantar fasciitis often complain of pain on the bottom of their heel, usually worse in the morning right after rising, and increases over a period of months.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Certain foot types are more prone to plantar fasciitis. People with high arched feet are more likely to develop this condition. Wearing non-supportive footwear on hard surfaces and standing for long periods of time can put a strain on the plantar fascia, thus causing stretching and inflammation of the tissue. Obesity can also be a contributing factor in developing plantar fasciitis.
Our podiatric physician may recommend some stretching exercises to help ease the pain and assist in recovery. In addition, you may be advised to ice the area several times a day and avoid going barefoot to reduce undue strain and stress on the plantar fascia. If more treatment is needed, orthodic devices, night splints, and physical therapy may be recommended to help provide relief. Noninvasive technologies such as Extra Corporal Shockwave Therapy may be very effective with no down time. We also ultilize minimally invasive technologies such as Tenex Health TX (tenexhealth.com) and Topaz (topazinfo.com). Our goal is to repair, not cut, the plantar fascia. Whatever the course of treatment the patient undergoes, the underlying cause that led to the condition may still remain. It is important to maintain an ideal weight and wear supportive shoes and or orthodics if recommended by your podiatric physician.