Chronic heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis can make even simple activities like taking a walk or descending a flight of stairs nearly impossible. If you’re suffering, Katie Evans, DPM, at Range Foot & Ankle in Virginia and Two Harbors, Minnesota, can help. Using treatments such as night splints and physical therapy can ease your pain and help you feel better. Make an appointment today by calling the nearest office or clicking the online booking tool today.
Plantar fasciitis is a leading cause of heel pain that occurs as a result of damage to your plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heels to your toes. As you get older, your plantar fascia experiences significant duress, causing small tears to form. Over time, these tears become inflamed, causing pain, inflammation, and general discomfort whenever you walk, run, or stand.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp, stabbing pain at the very bottom of your heel. As the condition progresses, you might also experience pain that increases after long periods of sitting or standing. In addition, pain caused by plantar fasciitis is typically worse following exercise, as opposed to during it.
Plantar fasciitis affects people of all ages and backgrounds, but there are certain factors that may increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you participate in high-intensity exercises such as long-distance running, ballistic jumping, or dance.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Evans asks you about your symptoms, reviews your medical history, and physically examines your foot and ankle. She also carefully places pressure on different areas of your foot to pinpoint areas of tenderness and discomfort. Usually, diagnostic imaging isn’t necessary. However, if Dr. Evans suspects your pain is the result of bone spurs or another issue, she might order a series of X-rays.
Most mild and moderate cases of plantar fasciitis benefit from conservative measures of care such as rest, ice therapy, and regular stretching. Over-the-counter pain medications may also help relieve inflammation and swelling.
If your pain persists for more than two weeks, even after conservative methods of care, Dr. Evans might recommend physical therapy, night splints, or custom orthotics. In rare instances, surgical intervention may be necessary. During surgery for plantar fasciitis, Dr. Evans detaches your plantar fascia from your heel bone.
If heel pain is keeping you sidelined or preventing you from work and other normal activities, make an appointment at Range Foot & Ankle today. Call the office nearest you or click the online booking tool.