Intense pain at the bottom of the heel, especially after long periods of rest or exercise, could be a sign of plantar fasciitis. Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, provides nonsurgical and surgical treatments for plantar fasciitis at Paley Orthopedic & Spine Institute in West Palm Beach, Florida. To find relief from plantar fasciitis, call the office or book an appointment online today.
The plantar fascia is a strong, thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to your toes. A leading cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis occurs when this tissue becomes inflamed. The inflammation causes pain and stiffness in the sole of your foot near the heel.
Stabbing heel pain is the telltale sign of plantar fasciitis. Sometimes pain may be closer to the midfoot area, but always at the bottom. Plantar fasciitis usually affects one foot at a time, but you can have it in both feet.
Pain from plantar fasciitis usually develops gradually. The pain is often worse with your first few steps in the morning or after prolonged exercise. Most people with plantar fasciitis experience pain after they stop an activity instead of during it.
Many people with plantar fasciitis also develop heel spurs, which are bony protrusions on the heel bone. A heel spur doesn’t always cause pain. Larger heel spurs may be visible on an X-ray.
The bowstring-shaped plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shock when you walk or run. Too much tension or stress can cause small tears in the plantar fascia. Repeated stretching continues to irritate and inflame the tissue.
Certain factors may increase your risk of getting plantar fasciitis, including:
Starting a new activity or suddenly increasing the intensity of physical activity can also increase your risk of plantar fasciitis.
First, Dr. Schilero reviews your symptoms and medical history. She examines your foot, checking for areas of tenderness and limited motion. She may take an X-ray to rule out other causes of heel pain, such as arthritis or fractures.
Then, Dr. Schilero develops an individualized treatment plan. Most patients with plantar fasciitis experience significant improvement with nonsurgical treatment, such as:
If you continue to suffer from the pain and symptoms of plantar fasciitis after several months of treatment, Dr. Schilero may recommend surgery.
For expert care of plantar fasciitis, call Christina Schilero, DPM, AACFAS, or book an appointment online today.