The Plantar fascia is an important part of the foot and, when it becomes injured, it can be synonymous with heel pain! It is actually a slim ligament that joins the heel to the front of the foot and supports the arch while mobile. When the plantar fascia ligaments have problems, plantar fasciitis can occur which is commonly associated with heel pain. The plantar fascia is a thick group of tissues in the sole. If the plantar fascia unfortunately tears, it can become swollen and cause significant discomfort. This pain is very obvious when first stepping out of bed. Certain factors result in an amplified danger for developing plantar fasciitis such as standing for long amounts of time, being overweight, aging or stiff calf muscles. If you have high arches or flat feet, they can make it more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Also, those with tight Achilles tendons are also susceptible to developing plantar fasciitis. If you wear shoes that have soft soles or arch supports, it could inadvertently lead to a higher risk of plantar fasciitis.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Participate in targeted physical therapy that involves plenty of stretching. This can help to strengthen lower leg muscles and assist with stability when walking.
- Get plenty of rest and reduce high-intensity activities.
- Use shoes that are comfortable and that do not increase stress on the plantar fascia.
- Surgery may be required when the pain becomes too significant and conservative treatments are not enough. The recovery period could be as long as half a year if this form of treatment is elected.
So contact us 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 treat your feet right! Call our offices at any of the numbers provided above for an appointment and check out our Patient Education section as well.