If you struggle with heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis and desire treatment to relieve your discomfort. At Endurance Foot and Ankle in Issaquah, Washington, board-qualified podiatric surgeon Christopher Jones, DPM, offers evidence-based, personalized care to help resolve your heel pain. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes heel pain due to inflammation of a band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your feet and connects the heel bone to your toes. It can feel painful when left untreated, but relief is within reach with Dr. Jones at Endurance Foot and Ankle.
Common signs and symptoms linked with plantar fasciitis include:
Your risk of developing plantar fasciitis may increase with weight gain, overuse or overtraining, a sedentary lifestyle, improper shoe gear, trauma, or lack of mobility in your hips and/or ankles.
Dr. Jones can diagnose plantar fasciitis by reviewing your symptoms and medical history and examining your feet. He checks for areas of pain and tenderness during the evaluation and may order X-rays, ultrasound, MRIs, or other imaging tests to detect or rule out other causes of foot pain.
Common treatments for plantar fasciitis include:
Things you can do at home to relieve plantar fasciitis pain include maintaining a healthy weight, wearing comfortable shoes, switching to lower-impact sports training, and stretching the arches in your feet.
Dr. Jones shows you which stretches and exercises can reduce plantar fasciitis pain, strengthen tissues in your feet, and reduce the risk of future problems.
Wearing a splint at night when you sleep to stretch your calves and foot arches can reduce plantar fasciitis discomfort.
Wearing custom-fitted orthotics - available at Endurance Foot and Ankle - can distribute pressure within your feet for plantar fasciitis pain relief.
Steroid injections can reduce pain and inflammation and enhance your body’s ability to heal.
Surgery might be an option if other treatments for plantar fasciitis do not work and you need relief, however, this is very rare.
If you have heel pain and suspect it’s because of plantar fasciitis, call the Endurance Foot and Ankle office or schedule an appointment online today.