Plantar fasciitis is a common condition that affects the heel of the foot, causing pain and discomfort, especially in the morning or after periods of inactivity. The pain originates from the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. At Alliance Orthopedics, we understand the impact this condition can have on daily activities, and our highly experienced orthopedic team is equipped to help you manage your condition.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes
Various factors can bring on plantar fasciitis. The most common causes include activities and conditions that put excessive stress on the heel. Athletes who engage in high-impact sports such as running are particularly susceptible to the condition due to the repetitive motion and pressure placed on the foot during activity. Additionally, individuals who are overweight or have flat feet may be at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis due to additional strain placed on the heel. Common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
Overuse: Engaging in activities like running or jumping, especially on hard surfaces
Foot Mechanics: Having flat feet, a high arch, or even an abnormal walking pattern
Age: It’s more common in people between the ages of 40 and 60
Obesity: Carrying extra weight can add more strain on the plantar fascia
Occupations: Jobs that require prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces
Footwear: Wearing shoes with inadequate support or thin soles
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
If you are experiencing heel pain, it’s crucial to identify whether it aligns with the common symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Recognizing these early signs can aid in more effective and timely treatment. Alliance Orthopedics will help you determine the cause of your heel pain and develop a tailored treatment plan to manage the condition. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
Sharp Pain: A stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot near the heel
Morning Discomfort: Pain is usually worse after waking up and taking the first few steps
Pain After Inactivity: Discomfort after long periods of standing or when standing up after sitting for a while
Reduced Pain With Movement: Symptoms might decrease after some movement but may return after prolonged activity
Dull Ache: Heel discomfort that persists throughout the day
Treatment Options at Alliance Orthopedics
Alliance Orthopedics is committed to offering comprehensive care for plantar fasciitis patients. Our tailored treatments aim to reduce pain and inflammation and prevent recurrence. With our world-class modalities and state-of-the-art facilities, we are confident in our ability to help you manage your heel pain. Common treatments include:
Physical Therapy: Our skilled therapists guide you through exercises to strengthen and stretch the affected foot.
Orthotics: Custom shoe inserts to redistribute pressure and provide arch support.
Steroid Injections: For severe pain, we may recommend a corticosteroid injection to reduce inflammation.
Shock Wave Therapy: This non-invasive procedure stimulates healing by sending sound waves to the affected area.
Surgery: In rare cases where conservative treatments don’t provide relief, surgery might be considered.
At Alliance Orthopedics, we believe you can effectively manage and even overcome plantar fasciitis with the proper guidance and care. Our team of professionals is here to provide you with the support and expertise you need every step of the way. If you suspect you have plantar fasciitis or are seeking treatment options, contact us today.