Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the heel and the arch of the foot. The condition is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can be very painful, making it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis typically begins with conservative measures. This may include stretching exercises, rest, icing, and the use of over-the-counter pain medications such as NSAIDs. Orthotics, such as shoe inserts or custom-made arch supports, can also be helpful in relieving pain and pressure on the affected area. In some cases, a cortisone injection may be given to reduce inflammation and pain.
Physical therapy is another important component of plantar fasciitis treatment. A physical therapist can help patients learn proper stretching techniques and exercises to strengthen the foot and ankle muscles. Night splints may also be recommended, which help keep the foot and ankle in a stretched position while sleeping.
If conservative treatment fails to relieve symptoms, an endoscopic plantar fasciotomy may be considered. This is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves making a small incision in the heel and using a tiny camera to guide the surgeon in releasing the plantar fascia. This procedure is often effective in relieving pain and restoring normal function to the foot.
At Carrollton Foot Center, Dr. Khavari offers comprehensive treatment for plantar fasciitis. She specializes in using the latest techniques and technologies to help patients recover from this condition. Whether it’s conservative measures such as stretching exercises and orthotics, or more advanced treatments like cortisone injections or endoscopic plantar fasciotomy, Dr. Khavari works closely with her patients to develop a personalized treatment plan that meets their specific needs.
If you’re experiencing pain or discomfort in your heel or arch, it’s important to seek prompt medical attention. With the right treatment, most cases of plantar fasciitis can be successfully treated, allowing patients to return to their normal activities and enjoy a pain-free life. Contact Carrollton Foot Center today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Khavari and get started on the path to recovery.