Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common conditions seen at a podiatric office. It can occur among a variety of our patient population. The condition is inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. It can represent as a result of flat fee or fallen arches, ill-fitting shoes, repetitive overuse, pregnance and weight gain.
Symptoms are stabbing pain the bottom of the foot near the heel, pain with barefoot walking, as well as the worst pain presenting when getting out of the bed in the morning or after long periods of sitting or rest. If symptoms persist, normal weight bearing activities should be limited and patient should be assessed by a podiatrist. Sometimes an XRAY may be necessary to rule out bone spurs or stress fractures.
Plantar Fasciitis may be treated conservatively with shoe gear modifications, oral anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, Medical grade or Custom orthotics, Platelet Rich Plasma injection, as well as physical therapy. In severe cases, surgical intervention is required. In such cases, the surgeon will cut a small piece of the fascia that connects to the heel bone to alleviate tension and pain.