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Plantar Fasciitis

Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Southeast Georgia and South Carolina

If you’ve got heel pain, plantar fasciitis, or a heel spur could be the issue. At Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, with 12 locations throughout Southern Georgia and South Carolina, a team of experienced podiatrists can end your heel pain. Call the office nearest you, or you can book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation in the thick band of tissue that stretches lengthwise along the bottom of your foot. Your plantar fascia ligament connects your heel bone with your toes, so it absorbs a lot of impact whenever you’re in motion. 

Repetitive pressure can cause tiny tears in the plantar fascia, which causes heel pain and other symptoms of plantar fasciitis. In most cases, plantar fasciitis affects one foot. 

What symptoms does plantar fasciitis cause?

Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain that’s most severe with the first steps of the day. The heel pain diminishes after you walk a while, and then returns the next day or when you walk again after a time of inactivity. Plantar fasciitis can also cause heel pain following long periods of exercise. Some plantar fasciitis sufferers experience heel stiffness and burning along with the heel pain. 

What are heel spurs?

A heel spur is a tiny hook-shaped calcium deposit on the underside of your foot between the arch and heel. In most cases, they’re painless, but in some cases, they can cause pain. It’s fairly common to have both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis at the same time, but the plantar fasciitis is more often the condition causing the heel pain. 

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, reviews your symptoms and checks your foot and heel carefully. You’ll typically need to move your affected foot as-directed to see if you can produce symptoms or foot changes indicative of plantar fasciitis.

Imaging studies aren’t always needed to diagnose plantar fasciitis, but sometimes you may need an X-ray to rule out a stress fracture. In some cases, an ultrasound can also help because it shows the width and girth of the plantar fascia ligament. 

What is the best treatment for heel pain from plantar fasciitis?

Most plantar fasciitis treatments are noninvasive, and you may be prescribed more than one treatment based on your needs. 

  • Taping
  • Custom-made orthotics
  • Night splint
  • Plantar fascia stretching exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections

If conservative treatments fail, or if your plantar fasciitis symptoms return, you might need surgery. One common plantar fasciitis surgery, plantar fascia release, involves partially detaching your plantar fascia from your heel. This relieves pressure and typically ends your heel pain.  

The team at Ankle & Foot Associates, LLC, treats every condition that causes foot pain, including plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Call the office nearest you or use online booking to schedule your appointment today.