WHAT'S THE PROBLEM?
Plantar fasciitis/heel pain syndrome is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue
at the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia. The inflammation of the plantar
fascia, at it's origin at the heel bone (calcaneus), causes the classic symptoms
of pain at the bottom and/or side of the heel facing the opposite foot, often the
most painful upon arising in the morning or when standing after sitting for prolonged
periods. We call this post-
HOW DOES IT FEEL?
The classic symptoms are pain and a feeling of stiffness in the bottom and/or side of the heel. This pain is often a sharp pain that is described as a feeling of stepping on a stone or nail. The pain often reduces after a few steps, though it may still persist. This pain can also occur when walking after sitting for a prolonged time, such as sifting at work, driving a car, etc.
LET'S DO A TEST!
A thorough examination by a doctor of the clinical signs and symptoms will usually
result in a clear diagnosis. X-
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
Plantar fasciitis heel pain syndrome can occur via a myriad of causes. Risk factors such as weight gain, foot type (flat feet, high arched feet), a high level of activity, sports, overuse, improper shoegear, improper support of the feet, trauma, tightness of muscles and daily activities can trigger the classic symptoms. Often, there is no single cause, but a culmination of several risk factors. It is imperative to address all of these factors to treat this condition successfully.
WHAT CAN I DO FOR IT?
Switching shoe gear to a well supportive running shoe can be effective. Reducing your level of activity helps. When you are off your feet, the injury is healing, it's getting better. When you are standing with inadequate foot support, it is getting injured. An orthotic or arch support can support your foot well enough to virtually eliminate the injury that is occurring while standing and walking.
WHAT WILL MY DOCTOR DO FOR IT?
Your podiatrist will perform a thorough examination and history of your condition.
He/she will explain the cause of the problem and offer you various treatment options.
Treatment options can include oral anti-
Conservative care is successful 85% of the time, and surgical treatment is usually performed 5-
CAN I PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING AGAIN?
Controlling body weight, wearing supportive shoes and having additional support in your shoes can decrease the chance of recurrence. Additionally, stretching the Achilles Tendon and hamstrings and maintaining flexibility are extremely important in preventing recurrence of the problem. Most importantly, pain and discomfort are your body's signals that a problem exists. Prompt attention and treatment can often result in significant relief with the avoidance of complications.