Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. It commonly causes stabbing pain in the heel or arch of the foot and can worsen after long periods of standing or walking.
Common Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
- Stretching exercises
- Custom orthotics or shoe inserts
- Cortisone injections
- Medications such as ibuprofen to help reduce inflammation
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy
If these treatments do not work after a few months, surgery may be an option. It is important to note that surgery should always be considered as a last resort after other treatment options have been exhausted.
Your podiatrist will evaluate your symptoms and medical history to determine if you are a good candidate for surgery. They may also order imaging tests such as ultrasounds or X-rays to get a better look at what is causing your heel pain.
What to Discuss With Your Podiatrist
When discussing surgical options with your doctor, make sure to ask questions about any potential risks associated with the procedure and how much recovery time you will need after. Surgery can involve cutting into the fascia tissue or removing part of it altogether, so it is important to weigh all available treatment options before making a decision. Additionally, it is essential that you follow all instructions given by your doctor before and after surgery, so you can make a full recovery as quickly as possible.
Contact Our DFW Podiatrist Today
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, contact Alliance Foot & Ankle Specialists for a consultation today. We can discuss treatment options based on your specific needs. To request an appointment, contact our Grapevine or Keller office by filling out our convenient contact form or by calling our office at 817-481-4000.