Plantar Fasciitis: The Foot Pain With A Strange Name
Even if you can spell it, you probably can’t pronounce it.
Whether you have the name down or not, plantar fasciitis is a real pain in the foot.
It is estimated that over 2 million people are treated yearly for plantar fasciitis. One of the most common causes of heel pain, it is caused by inflammation, strains and small tears in the long band of tissue running across the bottom of the foot. Called the plantar fascia, this tissue connects the heel bone to the toes and supports the arch of the foot.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include pain near the heel of the foot, often feeling like a stabbing pain. Typically it is noticed when first beginning activity after a period of rest. The pain usually comes about gradually over time as the injury worsens, and is most often limited to one foot. Although heel spurs are often blamed as the culprit, they aren’t necessarily the cause of the pain.
Those most often plagued by plantar fasciitis include people who are overweight, have high arches, have tight calf muscles, have faulty foot mechanics, or those who do repetitive activities. It is most common in women and those between 40 and 60 years of age. Those that have engaged in a new activity that they aren’t used to such as running can also find themselves with a case of fasciitis.
Physical tests such as balance, coordination, and reflexes are often performed during your visit to a Clearwater podiatrist to check for plantar fasciitis. Imaging tests such as MRI’s and X-rays are usually ordered for definitive diagnosis, and to rule out other issues such as nerve impairment.
With podiatric treatment, 90 percent fully recover in about ten months. Normal treatment consists of rest, ice, corticosteroids and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Other options may include massage, physical therapy, orthotics or splints. Surgery to detach the fascia is usually contraindicated unless all other treatment fails and pain is severe.
If you are plagued by plantar fasciitis and want to seek treatment, call our office today to schedule an appointment.