At the Gentle Foot Care Clinic, Dr. Rajnish Manohar sees many patients at his Brandon and Zephyrhills offices that complain of pain in the heel of the foot. This sometimes can be attributed to a condition called Plantar Fasciitis, and Dr. Manohar wants you to have all the information you need for treatment and relief.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is the most typical condition of heel discomfort. This condition happens when the long fibrous plantar fascia ligament along the bottom of the foot establishes tears in the tissue leading to pain and swelling. The discomfort of plantar fasciitis is typically situated near where the fascia attaches to the calcaneous, likewise known as the heel bone. The condition is often misspelled as: plantar fascitis, plantar fasciatis, planters fasciitis, plantar faciatis, and plantar faciaitis. Properly pronounced it is “plantar fash-eee-eye-tiss”.
Plantar fasciitis causes the swelling of the plantar fascia ligament which runs along the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia ligament is made from fibrous bands of tissue and runs between the heel bone and your toes and stretches with every step. Swelling develops when tears take place in the tissue.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The most typical complaint from plantar fasciitis is a burning, stabbing, or hurting pain in the heel of the foot. A lot of sufferers will certainly be able to feel it in the morning since the fascia ligament tightens up during the night while we sleep, triggering pain to diminish. However, when we climb up from bed and location pressure on the ligament, it ends up being tight and discomfort is especially acute. Pain usually lowers as the tissue heats up, but might easily return once again after long periods of standing or weight bearing, exercise, or after standing up after long periods of sleepiness or sitting down.
In many cases, plantar fasciitis does not need surgical treatment or invasive treatments to stop discomfort and reverse damage. Conservative treatments are normally all that is required. Nevertheless, everyone’s body responds to plantar fasciitis treatment differently and recovery times could vary.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- An overload of physical activity or exercise.
- Excessive running, jumping, or other activities can easily place repeated or excessive tension on the tissue.
- Wearing incorrect shoes.
- Prior conditions of the feet: flat feet, high arches, pronation, or having an unusual gait (the way in which the foot hits the ground).
- Fascia tissue being overworked or stretched abnormally.
With many causes of plantar fasciitis, there are lots of threat aspects that suffers need to know. Needless to state, activity in sports and routine exercises can put significant anxiety on the heel and surrounding tissue. In addition, if you have high arches or flat feet, an orthotic shoe insert should be considered to neutralize the anxiety triggered by the irregular mechanics of the foot. Age likewise plays an element. As we age, tissue has the tendency to become weak and more prone to damage. In addition to these typical threat factors, weight plays a big function in damage to the heel. Because our heels take in much of our body’s pressure when we stroll, being overweight can easily cause damage and plantar fasciitis. Pregnancy can likewise include a couple of extra pounds. However, the hormone changes in pregnant women can likewise trigger ligaments and other tissue to relax and become more flexible, which might cause plantar fasciitis if you are not careful. Those who are on their feet all day due to their profession are also at danger. Finally, wearing high heeled show, boots, or other shoes that do not supply appropriate support around the heel and through the arch can quickly cause plantar fasciitis gradually.
How can I treat Plantar Fasciitis?
Treatment for plantar fasciitis ought to begin with rest, icing, and over the counter medications. As mentioned above, an orthotic is a gadget that can be slipped into any pair of shoes and can frequently alleviate pain and help to reverse the damage and event of plantar fasciitis. They do this by including support to the heel and helping to distribute weight during movement. In addition to orthotics, lots of people consider night splints for treating this condition. These gadgets are used throughout the night while you sleep, assisting to keep the plantar fascia stretched to promote recovery. Physical therapy has also become an usual option. With this conservative treatment option, a physical therapist creates a set of exercises that are meant to address your particular requirements in order to promote recovery.
More intrusive treatments to deal with plantar fasciitis are generally looked for just after other treatment has failed to produce beneficial results. Corticosteroid injections deliver medicine into the injured fascia to lower discomfort. However, this treatment might damage the plantar fascia and lead to more damage. Finally, surgery is the last choice for those experiencing persistent or serious plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Prevention
There are numerous choices to in the prevention of this condition, and keep it from returning. Among the most vital is preserving a healthy weight in order to lower stress on the plantar fascia. In addition, shoes are very important, and need to fit well and offer sufficient cushioning and support throughout the heel, arch, and round of the foot so that weight is dispersed uniformly throughout the foot. Attempt to prevent walking barefoot on hard surface areas and change old shoes prior to they wear, especially shoes that you run or exercise in. When exercising, start off slow and alleviate into brand-new routines to avoid abrupt or excessive stress on tissue. Last but not least, keep your calf muscles and the tissue of your feet stretched. Greater flexibility in the tissue makes them less susceptible to damage.
If you are suffering from heel pain, please contact Dr. Rajnish Manohar at his Brandon office (813) 502-5904 or in Zephyrhills (813) 782-3233. Alternately, you can submit a request by clicking the button below to schedule an appointment.
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Dr. Manohar has been in private practice as a Podiatrist in Zephyrhills since 2001, treating Foot and Ankle Pain including Diabetic Foot Pain and Neuropathy, as well as, providing routine Diabetic Foot Care.
Dr. Manohar is board certified by the American Board of medical specialties in Podiatric Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine. Dr. Manohar resides in Temple Terrace, Florida.
Dr. Manohar specializes in treating foot and ankle pain, Plantar Fasciitis and Heel spurs, Neuromas, Peripheral Neuropathy, Ingrown toenails, Non healing wounds, corns, calluses, Warts, Cysts, Toenail fungus.