TREATMENTS: Plantar Fasciitis
TREATMENTS FOR YOUR FEET, ANKLES & LOWER LEGS
Many of our patients suffer from similar foot and ankle conditions; however, we treat each case uniquely. By understanding not only your podiatric disease, deformity, or other medical condition, but also your specific lifestyle needs, we can better create a course of treatment or recommend footwear that will help relieve your issues.
The complexity of the workings of your feet and ankles makes this a part of your body that may need significant attention, so we don’t rush you through treatment. At our office, we take the time to provide you with comprehensive foot care education and give you the treatment that you need and deserve.
We’re going to look at and give some data about plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciitis treatments and plantar fasciitis surgery Fort Myers foot doctors has come to know very well.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis pronounced “PLAN-ter fash-ee-EYE-tus”) is the term used to describe the inflammation of the plantar fascia and is the most common cause of heel pain. The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot. If you’ve been diagnosed with plantar fasciitis then you have an inflamed the fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes.
One who walks or runs for exercise can be at risk for plantar fasciitis. Especially if you calf muscles are tight and limit your ankle mobility. People with flat feet or very high arches also are more prone to plantar fasciitis. If you’re female, overweight or have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces you are an additional potential patient.
If not treated the plantar fasciitis condition can become chronic and could cause additional problems in your feet, knee, hips and even your lower back. Most likely you will have to alter your level of activity and should seek out an expert foot specialist like Dr. Joseph Campbell and Dr. Bradley Habuda.
More About the Plantar Fasciitis Causes
There can be a variety of causes of plantar fasciitis problems. Let’s take a quick look at some of them here:
- Poor foot wear or bad shoe choices. Shoes that are loose, lack arch support or the ability to absorb the shock of a foot coming down on hard surfaces, thin-soled, don’t protect your feet can cause stress to your heels. Your Achilles tendon can contract and shorten if you continually where high heels. This can create problems in your heels.
- Weight gain. Extra weight on your person can lead to an over load on your feet, including of the plantar fascia, causing it damage.
- Arthritis. Some types of arthritis can cause inflammation in the tendons in the bottom of your feet.
- Increased physical activity and overload. Plantar fasciitis is common in long-distance runners. Jogging, walking or stair climbing also can place too much stress on your heel bone and the soft tissue attached to it, especially as part of an aggressive new training regime. Even household exertion, such as standing on ladders, moving furniture or large appliances, can trigger the pain.
- Achilles tendon tightness may cause additional strain on the plantar fascia.
- Long hours on your feet. Standing or walking for long periods of time for your job or for some reason in your everyday life can put stress on your plantar fascia and may require a change in shoes or activity level change and treatment.
- Flat Feet (over-pronation), high arched (rigid feet), abnormal walking patterns or instability can adversely affect the heels. Changes in the way you walk can lead to added stresses on the plantar fascia causing tearing and pain.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments & Surgery Fort Myers
Your best bet is to get to a certified podiatrist for early recognition and treatment. This can usually lead to a shorter course of treatment as well as increased probability of success with conservative treatment measures.
Stretching and strengthening can help greatly in the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Stretching your calf using the wall, a stair or towel stretch, can be affective in releasing the plantar fascia.
One may also consider or need arch supports and/or orthotics as well as properly fitting shoes.
Icing and anti-inflammation agents may be a viable option also.
If the pain is persistent, see a podiatrist.
After all conservative and non-surgical options have been explored for about 8-12 months, the last option is plantar fasciitis surgery. Fort Myers foot doctors should be your first call.
It is common for plantar fasciitis pain to persist indefinitely if left untreated. Before you have issues with your feet, contact a foot specialist, like Dr. Joseph Campbell and Dr. Bradley Habuda who are experienced with plantar fasciitis treatments. So if you’re looking for the best plantar fasciitis foot surgeon in Fort Myers, contact us today.
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