Plantar Fascitis

 

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of a long, strong band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue spans the distance from the heel to the toes and is an important structure in helping to support the bony arch of your foot.

Many muscles also are connected to the plantar fascia, and the plantar fascia has an indirect connection to the Achilles tendon and calf muscles. 

What are the symtoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Symptoms might include any or all of the following:

  • Pain at the bottom of the heel, instep or arch with first steps out of bed in the morning or first steps after sitting. 
  • Pain that worsens the longer you are on your feet. 
  • Tightness to the bottom of the foot. 
  • Pain gradually worsens day after day, week after week, month after month. 

What causes Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is part of the mechanical miracle of your foot. As such it is subject to the mechanical stresses of everyday walking, running, and standing. Abnormal mechanics such as:

  • Low arches 
  • Overpronation 
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Obesity

stress the plantar fascia. After days, weeks, months and years of overuse, the fascia breaks down and becomes injured.

How is Plantar Fasciitis treated?

Most patients respond well to non-surgical treatments such as:

  • Stretching
  • Ice Massage
  • Supportive footwear
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines

If those treatments are not working, then a Podiatrist may use:

  • Injections
  • Foot Orthotics
  • Night Splint
  • Physical Therapy

A small number of patients will require surgery if months of non-surgical treatment fail to successfully reduce symptoms.

Will Plantar Fasciitis come back?

It can come back. Preventive treatment will reduce your risk of reccurrence.  This includes:

  • Daily stretching
  • Supportive footwear
  • Orthotics

If you think you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, check out our Self Treatment page or schedule a visit with a Podiatrist. In Mesa, Arizona make an appointment with Dr Clement.