Plantar Fasciitis TreatmentThayne, WY
As a podiatrist, we use plantar fasciitis treatment to help patients walk comfortably again. Patients with plantar fasciitis experience considerable pain in the bottom of the heel. This condition specifically affects the ligament connecting the heel to the front of the foot.
Plantar fasciitis treatment is available at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic in Thayne and the surrounding area. When it comes to pain relief, there is no reason to delay. Call us today at 1-307-243-4080 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
Understanding Plantar Fasciitis
To understand plantar fasciitis, one must first understand the plantar fascia. According to Healthline, the plantar fascia is the ligament connecting the heel to the front of the foot. It is thick and weblike in nature, helping one walk by absorbing shock and supporting the arch.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when these ligaments become inflamed due to wear and tear (which occurs frequently just from day-to-day activities). As stated by Healthline, it is one of the most common orthopedic conditions in the United States.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
While some patients with plantar fasciitis typically experience pain at the bottom of the heel, others may experience pain at the bottom of the mid-foot area. More often than not, it affects just one foot. However, it can also affect both feet.
Plantar fasciitis pain develops gradually, being e either dull or sharp. It is not uncommon to also feel a burning sensation or ache on the bottom of the affected foot radiating outward from the heel. Pain is typically at its worst in the morning when the patient takes their first steps of the day or when the patient gets up after extended periods of sitting or lying down.
Heel stiffness can make it difficult to climb stairs, and pain may flare up after prolonged activity. This is due to increased inflammation or irritation. However, plantar fasciitis pain is typically not felt until after they have stopped activity.
Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
Experts are still unsure about the exact cause of plantar fasciitis discomfort. However, as stated by a 2003 study, it is possible that the condition involves degenerative changes instead of inflammation of the ligaments. Certain risk factors can also contribute to plantar fasciitis, such as:
- Certain types of exercise
- Foot mechanics
- Occupations that keep you on your feet
Plantar fasciitis occurs most frequently in patients between the ages of 40 and 60. Patients who place a lot of stress on their heels and attached tissues (such as dancers or long-distance runners) are also at risk, as are those with flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal pattern of walking. Those who are obese may also suffer from excess stress on the plantar fascia. Finally, occupations that keep someone on their feet are more likely to cause daily wear and tear to the plantar fascia ligaments.
Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis
Each plantar fasciitis diagnosis is based off of the patient’s medical history and a thorough physical examination. During the examination, our podiatrist will check for tender areas in the foot. By locating the source of pain, they will be able to help determine its cause.
Imaging tests will typically not be necessary. However, our doctors may recommend an X-ray or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to rule out any other possible conditions. X-rays can also sometimes show any bone spurs or pieces of bone sticking out from the heel.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
According to WebMD, most patients with plantar fasciitis have a positive prognosis, recovering over several months with conservative treatment. Such treatment involves resting, icing, and stretching. Over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and naproxen sodium may also help alleviate any pain and inflammation.
Some patients also choose to undergo various therapies, such as physical therapy, night splints, and orthotics. Surgery and other more intensive procedures (such as injections, extracorporeal shockwave therapy, and ultrasonic tissue repair) are also an option. In addition, lifestyle and home remedies include maintaining a healthy weight, wearing supportive shoes, and stretching the arches.
Call Us Today
Plantar fasciitis can make it difficult to move about in your day-to-day life. We at Ambulatory Foot & Ankle Clinic can help. Call us today at 1-307-243-4080 to schedule an appointment or learn more about our services.
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