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Knowing Your Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

  • Dr. Bruce Zappan
  • January 22, 2018

One common cause and factor of foot injuries is plantar fasciitis, which occurs when the heel of the foot becomes inflamed and irritated. Plantar fasciitis tends to flare up during the mornings, and can be caused by a variety of factors. Ill-fitting footwear, extensive physical activity on the feet, and foot injuries can all lead to plantar fasciitis. Treatment options for the condition include icing your heel, resting your feet, changing footwear, and physical therapy.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. For assistance, talk to Dr. Bruce B. Zappan, D.P.M., P.C., of Medical Arts Podiatry Associates. Dr. Zappan can treat your foot and ankle needs.

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
  • Overpronation
  • 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 contact our office in Philadelphia, PA. We offer all the newest in diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle conditions.