Plantar fasciitis (or heel pain) is commonly traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. Our practice can evaluate arch pain and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to help alleviate the pain. Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Also called "heel spur syndrome," the condition can usually be successfully treated with conservative measures such as use of anti-inflammatory medications and ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and in-office physical therapy.
What's the Problem?
A pain has developed at the bottom of the heel, and it has gotten worse. The patient was not aware of having had any injury that caused it.
How Does it Feel?
It feels like a dull ache most of the time, but when the patient first gets out of the bed in the morning, or when getting up after sitting for a period of time during the day, the pain in the heel is impressive. It almost feels like the heel has been bruised, from falling on a rock barefoot but it is worse.
Can I Prevent From It Happening Again?
Recurrence is rare after treatment if the patient continues to employ good mechanical foot control by continuing to wear orthotics and good supportive walking or athletic shoes.
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Richard A. Nichols, DPM
Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists