What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel bone to the toes. It is one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults.
The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain that can be sharp, stabbing or dull, and it is often at its worst in the morning when taking your first steps after waking up or after prolonged periods of rest. It may also intensify after standing or walking for extended periods.
Many individuals with plantar fasciitis experience increased pain after physical activity or exercise that strains the plantar fascia. The pain can range from mild discomfort to severe and debilitating.
Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, but certain factors increase your risk. People who are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis include adults between ages 40 and 60 years old, people who are obese, people who participate in repetitive activities that stress the feet (such as running or standing for long periods), those who have high arches or flat feet and people who wear shoes with inadequate support.
How is Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosed?
Diagnosing plantar fasciitis involves physical tests and a review of medical history. Your podiatrist will examine your feet for tenderness, swelling and soreness. They may also ask about symptoms, activity levels and footwear. Imaging tests such as X-rays or ultrasounds can also help your provider identify the cause of heel pain. Determining the best treatment requires a comprehensive diagnosis.
How is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
Possible treatments for plantar fasciitis include:
Our Approach to Plantar Fasciitis
Regarding foot and heel pain, it can be challenging to figure out the source of your condition on your own. Our podiatrists in convenient locations across South Jersey are well-trained in diagnosing your plantar fasciitis and working with patients to find the best possible treatment. From suggesting solutions like stretching, arch supports, orthotics, anti-inflammatory agents and surgery, our podiatrists understand that successful treatment of plantar fasciitis can be found by tailoring treatment to an individual's risk factors and preferences.