The connective tissue on the foot’s sole (plantar)—which connects the heel to the toes and helps create the arch—is known as the plantar fascia. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed due to obesity, overuse, prolonged standing for work, running on hard surfaces, changes in footwear, or high or fallen arches, it can become inflamed and this is known as plantar fasciitis. Since plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of heel pain, podiatrists have developed many non-invasive, as well as conservative methods of treatment for this condition, including FDA-approved Extracorporeal ShockWave Therapy (ESWT). In severe cases, a surgical solution may provide the best outcome. If you are experiencing heel pain contact a podiatrist for a full examination, diagnosis, and professional care.
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.