Plantar Fasciitis: What is it?
Plantar Fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain, often resulting from the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. In this blog post, we will delve into what causes Plantar Fasciitis, its risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis procedures, treatment options and prevention strategies.
The Underlying Causes and Risk Factors
Plantar Fasciitis typically develops without a specific reason. However, several factors can increase your risk of developing this condition. These include age, certain types of exercise routines, obesity, occupation types requiring prolonged standing or walking, and foot mechanics.
- Age: Plantar fasciitis is most commonly found in people between the ages of 40 and 60.
- Exercise: Certain types of exercises can place a lot of stress on your heel and attached tissue — such as long-distance running, ballet dancing, and aerobic dance.
- Obesity: Excess pounds put extra stress on your plantar fascia.
- Occupation: Factory workers, teachers or others who spend most of their work hours walking or standing on hard surfaces can damage their plantar fascia.
- Foot Mechanics: Being flat-footed or having a high arch or even an abnormal pattern of walking can affect the way weight is distributed when you're standing and put added stress on the plantar fascia.
Symptoms and Diagnosis Procedures
The most common symptom is pain at the bottom of your foot near the heel. This pain usually develops gradually over time. It's typically worse in the morning when you take your first steps out of bed or if you've been sitting for long periods. To diagnose Plantar Fasciitis, doctors generally conduct a physical examination to check for areas tender in your foot and rule out other causes of foot pain.
Podiatrist Role in Plantar Fasciitis
Podiatrists play a pivotal role in the management of plantar fasciitis. With their specialized knowledge and expertise in foot health, they are equipped to accurately diagnose the condition, develop personalized treatment plans, and provide comprehensive care to individuals suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Through thorough examinations, a consideration of medical history, and specific tests, podiatrists can effectively diagnose plantar fasciitis and differentiate it from other causes of heel pain. They then develop tailored treatment plans that may include a combination of interventions such as footwear guidance, custom orthotics, stretching exercises, physical therapy, and, in some cases, more advanced treatments like corticosteroid injections or ESWT.
Moreover, podiatrists provide valuable education on foot care practices and lifestyle modifications that can help prevent the onset or recurrence of plantar fasciitis. By addressing biomechanical factors, recommending appropriate footwear, and guiding patients in proper stretching and exercise techniques, podiatrists empower individuals to take an active role in their recovery and long-term foot health.
Regular follow-up appointments with podiatrists allow for ongoing monitoring of progress, adjustment of treatment plans as needed, and the opportunity to address any concerns or complications that may arise. This collaborative approach ensures that patients receive comprehensive care and support throughout their journey to manage and alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis.
The Right Time to Seek Professional Help from the Doctors of Oklahoma Foot & Ankle Associates
If home remedies aren't working after several weeks or if you have severe foot pain that interferes with your daily activities – it’s time to consult professional help immediately. At Oklahoma Foot & Ankle Associates, Drs. Gordon Bean, Armando Carro, Steve Walker, and Scott Morris provide personalized care strategies for managing plantar fasciitis effectively with our three convenient locations in Moore, Edmond and Midwest City OK. Contact us today at 405-340-9251 (Edmond Office) / 405-794-6691 (Moore/Midwest City Office) or visit our website to schedule an appointment!
The Team of Oklahoma Foot & Ankle Associates has expertise and specialized care that can make a significant difference in your treatment outcomes, helping you find relief, improve foot function, and regain a higher quality of life. At Oklahoma Foot & Ankle Associates, you can conquer Plantar Fasciitis and put your best foot forward!