Plantar fasciitis is a condition of the foot where the ligament at the bottom of the foot that connects the heel to the toes gets strained and causes pain. The ligament is the soft tissue at the bottom of your foot that supports the arch and is called the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and can be present in one of both feet.
Plantar fasciitis is common in runners or people who are on their feet for extended periods of time. It is also something that can result in weight gain during pregnancy or just from gaining weight in general. Wearing shoes that do not have enough arch support or conditions like flatfoot or high arches also can cause plantar fasciitis. If you are concerned that you might have this condition, call us at 561-793-6170 today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced podiatrists in Port Saint Lucie and elsewhere in South Florida or click here to request an appointment online.
What is Plantar Faciitis?
The plantar fascia is the soft tissue part of the bottom of your foot that connects the heel to the toes; it is responsible for supporting the arch of your foot. A great deal of strain, pressure, and stress is put on this ligament as you walk and do other activities throughout the day. Plantar fasciitis is when the bottom of your foot gets strained and swollen. It is the most common cause of heel pain. Strenuous activities such as running, jumping, and participating in high impact sports can cause plantar fasciitis. It is common in middle-aged people or people of any age who spend a great deal of time on their feet. Plantar fasciitis also occurs as a result of other foot conditions such as flatfoot, high arches, or other problems that cause you to walk improperly or imbalanced.
Symptoms of Plantar Faciitis
Pain is the telling symptom of plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually localized to the bottom of the foot and the heel. Patients with plantar fasciitis usually complain of pain immediately upon standing in the morning. The pain often eases up after moving around for a bit, but then tends to come back the longer you are on your feet throughout the day.
Treatments for Plantar Faciitis
There are different treatment options that the doctors at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have in their plan book. Most patients with plantar fasciitis heal within a few months after commencing treatment. The type of treatment we recommend for this condition largely depends on the cause. Weight loss might be recommended if that is one of the reasons that you are experiencing heel pain. Rest, elevation, and icing are almost always recommended, even before your appointment. The doctors may subscribe pain relieving anti-inflammatory medications. Physical therapy of stretching exercises also can help to relieve your heel pain. Night splints, padding, and other orthotics might be prescribed along with comfortable shoes that have plenty of room and support. If these non-invasive measures still do not provide relief for your heel pain then surgery or shock wave therapy might be the next step.
Diagnosing Plantar Faciitis
What should you expect when visiting the South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers for treatment for plantar fasciitis? There is no need to be stressed about seeing a podiatrist. Our goal is to relieve your pain and get you back on your feet in good health. Diagnosing the reason for your heel pain can involve examining the foot and taking a look at your family and medical history. Your feet can be tested for strength and coordination. The doctor will also examine the wear on the shoes. In some cases, x-rays will be taken to get a better idea of the structure inside your foot and rule out any fractures or broken bones. Our doctors have clinical experience and expertise in dealing with all different kinds of problems that affect the feet. Rest assured that you can trust their knowledge and experience as they work with you toward treatment goals involving better health of your feet, ankles, and knees.
YOUR NEXT STEPS
The podiatrists at South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers have extensive training and clinical experience when it comes to evaluating, diagnosing patients and providing treatment to relieve the heel pain and foot discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis. We pride ourselves on providing a good experience during your office visits where you are involved in our plan of care. Do these symptoms sound familiar? Contact South Florida Foot & Ankle Centers today for a comprehensive examination and treatment for plantar fasciitis. Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist in Port Saint Lucie or at any one of our six locations throughout Palm Beach. Call 561-793-6170 to speak with a staff member or click here to request an appointment online.