Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that plagues many people. It is associated with heel pain, and most often treated with shockwave therapy. Plantar fasciitis can also be treated with physical therapy, however, through individualized programs based on a patient’s needs. Treatment can include stretching and strengthening exercises to increase flexibility and stability of the plantar fascia, a selection of supportive footwear or orthotics that decrease stress to the plantar fascia, and taping the foot for pain relief.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Roy A. Rothman, DPM of Florida. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a 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 is 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 Debrary, FL. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.