What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, and is the painful swelling of the plantar fascia, the fibrous band of tissue that connects the heel bone with the toes. The plantar fascia ligament provides support for the heel and arches of the foot. When the ligament is stretched beyond its normal range of motion or strained, the tissue becomes inflamed and swollen. The swelling ultimately results in a constant, dull ache or a sharp stabbing pain in the heel of the foot when walking or standing. The board-certified podiatrists at American Foot & Leg Specialists are experts in treating plantar fasciitis and providing long term relief.

In this video, Dr. Loren Colon, discusses treatments available at American Foot & Leg Specialists for plantar fasciitis. Our physicians believe that conservative methods are best. These include stretching the ligament, icing the inflamed area, using oral or topical anti-inflammatories, steroid injections, night splints, arch supports, physical therapy, and MLS laser therapy.

Symptoms and Treatment

Individuals who run long distances, people who are overweight, and men over the age of 40 are more likely to experience plantar fasciitis. Other foot conditions such as flat feet, high arches, and tight Achilles tendons also bring on this painful condition. The pain originates from the heel and develops gradually over time. Plantar fasciitis pain is typically worse when getting out of bed in the morning or the first few steps after sitting for a long period of time. Although, there is no single cure for the condition, the physicians and American Foot & Leg Specialists normally recommend a variety of treatments such as rest, ice and physical therapy regimens. In some cases they make custom orthotics for support when wearing shoes.

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