Understanding Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

If you are experiencing pain and discomfort at the bottom of the heel and possibly along the arch of the foot, you might have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. Without treatment, the condition could worsen over time. Dr. Larry Goldstein, the board-certified podiatrist and surgeon at Warner Robins Foot and Ankle in Warner Robins, GA, treats plantar fasciitis.

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue extending along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. The tissue serves several purposes, including stabilizing the foot, supporting the arch, and providing shock absorption. Sometimes the plantar fascia tissue develops small tears, which can lead to inflammation and pain. Tears often develop as a result of repeated stress, overuse, or daily wear and tear.

Some factors and activities that can lead to torn or damaged plantar fascia tissue and the development of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Long-distance running
  • Standing for extended periods
  • Overpronation or walking with an irregular gait
  • Sports or activities that put stress on the heels
  • Wearing shoes without sufficient support
  • Being obese or overweight

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain or discomfort along the bottom of the heel, just below the heel bone. Other symptoms include pain or stiffness in the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis symptoms are typically worse in the morning after waking. Pain and discomfort can also worsen after long periods of sitting or standing without stretching the feet.

Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis can become worse over time if the condition is not properly treated. Without treatment, chronic inflammation and pain are likely. Several options are available for treating plantar fasciitis at our office in Warner Robins, GA. Several things can be done at home to alleviate the pain, discomfort, or stiffness. Our experienced podiatrist will develop a custom treatment plan tailored to your individual symptoms and needs. Treatment options include:

  • Night splints
  • Custom orthotics
  • Padding and strapping
  • Physical therapy exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Removable walking cast
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Shockwave Therapy
  • Gently stretching the feet throughout the day

The pain, stiffness, and discomfort of plantar fasciitis can interfere with your ability to comfortably get around throughout the day, but we can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Goldstein for the diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis by calling Warner Robins Foot and Ankle in Warner Robins, GA, at (478) 328-2008.

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