Plantar fasciitis is one of the most well-known conditions that can negatively impact the feet, and it is defined as the inflammation of the plantar fascia along the arch of the foot. Most commonly, individuals discuss the symptoms in the feet that are associated with plantar fasciitis. Importantly, this includes heel pain. However, individuals with severe cases of plantar fasciitis may also experience symptoms throughout their bodies. Notably, an individual with bad plantar fasciitis may eventually begin to notice pain in the lower back area. In a related way, an individual’s hips may also begin to hurt if plantar fasciitis is left untreated for a long period. Lastly, the knees may also be negatively impacted. The lower back, hips, and knees may be adversely affected by plantar fasciitis because of the change in gait that plantar fasciitis produces. If you are someone that struggles with plantar fasciitis, contact a podiatrist today for guidance. Schedule an appointment today.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Arthur Segall, Jr., DPM from Segall Foot and Ankle. 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
- 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 offices located in Plantation, Ft. Lauderdale, and Margate, FL . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.