Plantar fasciitis is an irritation of the thick tissue, known as the plantar fascia, located on the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that runs from the heel bone to the toes and supports the natural arch of the foot.
Whenever the foot bears weight, the plantar fascia naturally tightens, but if overstretched or overused, walking becomes very painful.
Plantar fasciitis, a condition that can affect one or both feet simultaneously, is caused when the plantar fascia tendon endures repetitive stress or excessive tension that creates small tears in the tendon, resulting in inflammation.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis:
- Sharp pain and sensitivity in the heel of the foot
- Heel pain that develops gradually
- Sensitivity that is most painful in the morning
Plantar fasciitis can be treated conservatively with anti-inflammatory medications or the R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. You may also be given a prescription for orthotics, splints, or physical therapy. If the pain does not subside after conservative treatment methods are exhausted, your doctor may recommend plantar fascia release, a surgical procedure that relieves tension in the plantar fascia.
To learn more about plantar fasciitis and the available treatment options, request an appointment online or call (978) 326-7571 to schedule a consultation with one of Sports Medicine North's specialty-trained foot doctors.