Plantar Fasciitis comprises inflammation of the muscle tissue along the bottom of the foot that links the toes to the heel bone. When there is stretching in the plantar fascia area, it results in swelling at the base of the heel. This condition causes a sharp throbbing pain, especially when first getting up in the morning. When the plantar fascia tears at the heel bone, it leads to inflammation. Factors that elevate the chances of this condition forming are standing for long periods of time, gaining an enormous amount of weight and being elderly. Having flat feet may also increase the likelihood of developing this condition. The Achilles tendons also play a role since they join the calf to the heel and can produce heel pain when strained.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Physical therapy is usually an important part of pain management as it can strengthen lower leg muscles and assist with stability when walking. These actions help to reduce the amount of pressure brought upon the plantar fascia.
- Using caution when active in high-intensity activities.
- Utilizing comfortable shoes.
- Surgery may be required to correct this condition, which can be minimally invasive or more comprehensive, depending on the extent of the damage.
This condition can mark the beginning of long-term heel pain if not corrected early on. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us so that we can determine the extent of injury to your heel and provide treatment that can get your tendons in full swing once again! Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668., MI, our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, will get you up on your feet without heel pain. Please make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and please take a moment to look at our Patient Education library to learn more about Plantar Fasciitis and other relevant foot and ankle conditions that may be causing your feet pain.