What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Plantar fasciitis effects women more than men. This can cause the bottom of the heel and arch to become painful.

Statistics:

  • Plantar faciitis is the most common causes of plantar heel pain
  • 73% of patients with heel pain are diagnosed with either plantar faciitis or heel spur syndrome
  • 15% of patients who see a podiatrist complain of heel pain
  • 90% of those who suffer from plantar faciitis respond to nonsurgical care
  • 83.5% of patients with plantar faciitis experience pain with first steps in the morning
  • Plantar faciitis can occur with or without a heel spur present

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis:

  • Stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot
  • Muscle imbalance
  • Bone deformity
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg

What can you do?

  • Warm up and stretch properly before exercise
  • Wear appropriate shoe gear
  • RICE — rest, ice, compression, and elevation

What will a Podiatric Physician do for you?

  • Perform a physical examination
  • Perform x-ray evaluation
  • Recommend taping
  • Prescribe orthotic devices
  • Prescribe appropriate medications
  • Administer injections
  • Perform surgery if necessary

Your podiatric physician/surgeon has been trained specifically and extensively in the diagnosis and treatment of all manners of foot conditions. This training encompasses all of the intricately related systems and structures of the foot and lower leg including neurological, circulatory, skin, and the musculoskeletal system, which includes bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves.