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Are you suffering from irritating foot pain and don’t know its cause? This may be due to an inflammation in your foot called plantar fasciitis. Learn more about plantar fasciitis from your Columbus and Dublin, OH, podiatrists of Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is the band of ligaments that bonds the heel to the front of your foot. When inflammation affects the plantar fascia, it will cause a foot disorder called plantar fasciitis. The disorder will cause foot pain and stiffness.
What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?
Many life habits and health conditions can increase your risk of suffering from plantar fasciitis. The following are examples of these:
- Pregnant women at the last months of pregnancy
- Overweight and obese patients, especially those who gained the extra weight suddenly
- Athletes who run for long distances, putting high pressure on their foot and heel
- Patients with other foot disorders
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Pain is one common symptom of the disease. Pain associated with the disorder usually starts dull and then becomes sharp with time. It will also reach its peak in the morning and after doing any physical activity that requires walking or running. Another common symptom is foot stiffness. The stiffness will make it hard for the patient to perform regular daily activities like climbing the stairs.
What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis in Columbus and Dublin, OH?
Your podiatrist will perform the needed examinations to diagnose the disorder. After you are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, the podiatrist will customize your treatment plan. Home treatments that include rest, icing, and using braces and anti-inflammatory medications are effective treatment measures in most patients.
If you have tried all these options and the pain is still present, your physician will recommend an injection of a corticosteroid directly into the damaged section of the ligament.
In some rare cases, surgical intervention is required to solve the problem.
Learn more about plantar fasciitis treatment options from your Columbus and Dublin, OH, podiatrists of Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group. Call (614) 761-1466 for the Dublin, OH, office, (614) 267-8387 for the first Columbus, OH, office, and (614) 272-2313 for the second Columbus, OH, office.
If your plantar fasciitis is spiraling out of control, come to Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus, OH, for compassionate, accurate treatment by our podiatrists. They understand how foot pain changes your life. As their patients testify, these foot doctors are the best in the business.
What is plantar fasciitis?
It's an inflammatory process impacting the wide band of connective tissue which extends across the arch of the foot. Called the plantar fascia, this structure may become overstretched each time the foot lands on the ground.
The characteristic sharp, burning pain is worse in the morning but may improve through the day, only to return the next time you work out or do your morning routine. Gait problems, such as overpronation, aggravate plantar fasciitis, as do congenitally high arches and overuse from standing or running.
How your podiatrist can help
Plantar fasciitis is very common. About ten percent of people between the ages of 40 and 60 experience it. The Washington Post says that's about two million Americans, and some have heel bone spurs along with the inflammation.
So, if you're experiencing symptoms, contact Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group in Columbus. Our podiatrist will examine your foot, go over your symptoms, check your shoes and gait and take X-ray imaging as necessary. You'll receive a treatment plan to manage your symptoms. Surgery is rarely necessary and pain diminishes when you:
- Wear properly fitting shoes with good arch support.
- Do calf stretching exercises, particularly in the morning.
- Take over the counter ibuprofen for pain or receive cortisone injections as recommended by your podiatrist.
- Use night splints or customized shoe inserts (orthotics) to support the arch and correct gait or foot structure issues.
The best in care
Receive it and feel better. Conquer plantar fasciitis and other chronic or acute conditions of the foot and ankle. Please contact Clintonville Foot & Ankle Group for a consultation with one of our podiatrists. We provide superior care in each of our three offices. For North High Street in Columbus, phone (614) 267-8387. In Dublin, call (614) 761-1466, and on Briggs Road in Columbus, reach us at (614) 272-2637.
While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.
The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.
Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:
- Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
- Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
- Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
- Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.
Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.
The arch of your foot and your heel hurt when you get out of bed in the morning. Stretching helps, but through the day, your heel is so sore you just want to sit. This may be plantar fasciitis, a common inflammatory condition. For a definitive diagnosis, see your Columbus podiatrists at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group in Clintonville, Dublin, and Southwest Columbus, OH.
What is plantar fasciitis?
It happens when the connective tissue between the heel bone and the base of the toes becomes overstretched, inflamed and painful. Sometimes, it's associated with a heel spur and sometimes not. But, in most cases, pain originates because of over activity, obesity, or overpronation of the foot and sports such as volleyball, dancing or anything involving repetitive jumping or bouncing.
Your podiatrist in Columbus recognizes the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis. When you come to Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group, your doctor will examine your foot, watch you walk, ask about your particular symptoms and about what worsens or improves them. He also will take X-rays and other kinds of imaging as needed to rule out other podiatric problems.
When a definitive diagnosis, your podiatrist puts together a comprehensive treatment plan to control your symptoms and increase your mobility. Many times, the simplest interventions work best, and people with plantar fasciitis respond well to treatment within six to eight weeks. In persistent cases, surgery may be needed.
Treating plantar fasciitis
Your podiatrist may recommend these interventions singly or in combination:
- Wrapping or taping the arch of the foot
- Custom-made shoe inserts (orthotics)
- Changing foot wear to shoes with good support in the arches
- Stretching the calf muscles, especially in the morning
- Physical therapy
- Use of a walking boot or crutches for more severe cases
- Simple rest and elevation of the affected foot
- Cortisone injections
- Oral anti-inflammatory medications
- Massage therapy
Feel good and stay active
The doctors at Clintonville/Dublin Foot & Ankle Group help people do just that. Plantar fasciitis is no mystery to them. They can help you manage your symptoms. For a consultation, please call one of our three locations. Call our Clintonville, OH office at (614) 267-8387; (614) 761-1466 in Dublin, OH; (614) 272-2313 for Southwest Columbus, OH.
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