If you feel pain along the underside of your foot, it may be because you have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by pain that can occur anywhere along the plantar fasciia, the “thick band of fibrous tissue” running along the bottom of your foot. The plantar fasciia acts as support for the foot’s arch and absorbs shock as we do physical activity on our feet. Plantar fasciitis commonly flares up during the mornings and can be treated by taking a break from activity, resting the feet, changing footwear, taking anti-inflammatory medicine, physical therapy, wearing a night splint, surgery, or taking corticosteroid injections.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, consult with Dr. Geoffrey Epstein of ETL Podiatry. Dr. Epstein will provide quality care for your feet.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
- Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
- Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Melville, Briarwood, and Flushing, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.