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Plantar Fasciitis

plantar faciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. When this band of connective tissue becomes inflamed, plantar fasciitis occurs. Fortunately, this condition is treatable.

There are several factors that may put you at a greater risk for developing plantar fasciitis. One of the biggest factors is age; plantar fasciitis is common in those between the ages of 40 to 60. People who have jobs that require them to be on their feet are also likely to develop plantar fasciitis. This includes factory workers, teachers, and others who spend a large portion of their day walking around on hard surfaces. Another risk factor is obesity because excess weight can result in extra stress being placed on the plantar fascia.

People with plantar fasciitis often experience a stabbing pain in the heel area. This pain is usually at its worst in the morning, but can also be triggered by periods of standing or sitting. Plantar fasciitis may make it hard to run and walk. It may also make the foot feel stiff and sensitive, which consequently makes walking barefoot difficult.

Treatment for plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of the specific case of the condition. Ice massage applications may be used to reduce pain and inflammation. Physical therapy is often used to treat plantar fasciitis, and this may include stretching exercises. Treatment options for heel pain may also include non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), which may reduce swelling and pain. Other options are physical therapy, athletic taping, and orthotics. In severe cases of heel pain, after nonsurgical methods have been attempted, surgery may be required.

If you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis, meet with your podiatrist immediately. If left untreated, symptoms may lead to tearing and overstretching of the plantar fascia. The solution is early detection and treatment. Be sure to speak with your podiatrist if you are experiencing heel pain.

Dr. Sherris specializes in treatment of plantar fasciitis (non-surgical and surgical). Specific treatment is offered and provided depending on the severity and patient needs. If you have experienced heel pain that may be caused by plantar fasciitis or another condition and would like to discuss this with Dr. Sherris, an examination and evaluation with possible x-rays and/or other diagnostic testing can be performed in our clinic for your convenience to help determine the severity and specific cause of your particular condition.

"Based on clinical findings, patient goals and my experience along with continuously updated knowledge in evaluating and treating heel pain (including that caused by plantar fasciitis), I work with my patients to make informed suggestions and arrive at a cooperative decision based on what is best for them in each individual case." – Dr. Sherris

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