Heel pain is an extremely common and potentially disruptive affliction that has many possible causes. These include stress fractures, arthritis, nerve irritation, cysts, tendinitis, and, most often, plantar fasciitis.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes pain on the bottom of the heel that can continue to grow in intensity over time.
Risk factors include:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Tight calf muscles
- Non-supportive shoes
- Sudden increase in athletic activity
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
There are many conservative treatment options for plantar fasciitis. These include stretching regimens, icing, footwear modifications, anti inflammatory medications, activity modification, and weight reduction.
More severe cases may be treated with padding options, orthotic devices, walking casts, night splints, physical therapy, steroid injections, or PRP injections. Surgery to detach the plantar fascia is an option, but only if all other treatments have been ineffective.
We create a custom treatment plan for each patient, based on modalities that are proven to be effective in reducing heel pain. If you are experiencing heel pain, schedule an appointment today.