Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that connects the heel to the toes. Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, however other diagnoses may be affecting the severity of the condition. It is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed, so your care team can intervene before other conditions arise.

Heel Pain

Causes

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is suggested to be faulty foot structure, which can be caused by a large number of activities. People who regularly wear non-supportive footwear, or spend long hours on the feet are typically more prone to plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms

Pain on the bottom of the foot or heel can fluctuate, meaning walking or moderate activities may help to temporarily alleviate the pain. This is because walking stretches the plantar fascia.

Treatment Options

Nonsurgical

  • Oral medications
  • Wearing supportive footwear
  • Orthotic devices
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Stretching
  • Use of a night splint

Surgical

Surgery is only needed in a very small percentage of cases, but is very successful when necessary. Surgery to release the tight band along the inside arch- otherwise known as the plantar fascia, will usually eliminate the problem.