Plantar Fasciitis Treatments

Do you have a stabbing pain in your heel first thing in the morning?

You likely have plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia band starts in the heel and spreads out into the toes to support the arch of the foot. When that band is under repetitive stress and tension it can lead to an inflamed plantar fascia band which can cause a sharp pain in the heel. This pain commonly occurs first thing in the morning, after sitting, and after long periods of standing.

Common risk factors for plantar fasciitis are:

Foot type and gait pattern: those with flat feet, high arches, and abnormal gait or walking patterns are more likely to develop it.Tight fitting shoes

Occupation: jobs that require many hours standing and walking on your feet are more prone to plantar fasciitis. This also includes footwear required for certain jobs including safety boots and dress shoes.

Body mass: more weight means more tension on the plantar fascia band.

Age: people between the ages of 40-60 are at the highest risk of getting plantar fasciitis.

Activities: certain activities such as long distance running, walking, and aerobics increase load and tension on the plantar fascia band.

Treatment options!

Luckily plantar fasciitis is very treatable! There are many options for treating plantar fasciitis ranging from conservative measures to surgical ones.

Early stages of plantar fasciitis can typically be treated with more conservative measures. These measures can include stretching, icing, anti-inflammatory medications, taping techniques, proper footwear, and arch support. Footwear and arch support are critical for reducing the tension along the band so that the inflammation has a chance to dissipate.

Mid-stage plantar fasciitis typically benefits from treatments such as shockwave therapy, laser therapy, and custom orthotics in addition to the previous treatment options.

Advanced stage plantar fasciitis that has not responded to any other treatment options may require cortisone injections, PRP injections, or a surgical fasciotomy.

We offer many of the treatment options above including taping, footwear, custom orthotics, shockwave therapy, laser, and cortisone injections.

Book with one of our chiropodists today to heal those heels!