Dealing With Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common foot injuries and is associated with overuse. The plantar fascia is a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the toes to the heel bone. When this ligament is injured and becomes inflamed, it can cause pain in the heels and arches of the affected foot. Left untreated, the pain can become chronic and interfere with daily activities like walking or running. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, there are some things that you can do at home to reduce symptoms. Icing and resting the affected foot can decrease inflammation and pain. Doing gentle stretching exercises can help strengthen the plantar fascia and reduce stiffness. Once your plantar fascia has healed, taking preventive measures, such as wearing well-fitting shoes, can lower your risk of reinjury. For more information about plantar fasciitis, please consult with a podiatrist. 

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Kennedy Legel  from Advanced Foot & Ankle Care Specialists. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on 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
  • Overpronation
  • 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 our office located in Dallas, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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