What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue in the sole of the foot that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis refers to an inflammation in the area where the fascia attaches to the heel bone.
What does plantar fasciitis feel like?
Most people report a stabbing pain near the heel that is most pronounced when they get out of bed in the morning, and that it gets worse after activity and long-term standing.
Who is at risk for plantar fasciitis?
Risk factors include obesity, age, long hours standing, contracture of the heel cord, and change in activity level. This condition is also seen in long-distance runners and ballet dancers.
How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
Our board-certified, fellowship-trained doctor will thoroughly examine your medical history and foot to check for tender areas. X-rays and MRIs may be used to rule out other causes of your foot pain but are not always necessary.
How is this condition treated?
We usually recommend conservative treatments first. These may include therapeutic exercises, anti-inflammatory drugs, supportive footwear, and modification of some activities. Surgery is rarely needed for plantar fasciitis.
The highly experienced doctors at Orthopedic Specialists have deep expertise in treating plantar fasciitis and all other foot and ankle bone conditions. Call today or book an appointment online.