Plantar Fasciitis

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers -  - Podiatry

Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Lake Ridge, VA & Stafford, VA

Plantar fasciitis causes sometimes disabling heel pain that can affect your ability to walk any distance. If self-care measures don’t improve your pain within a few weeks, call the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers, with offices in Lake Ridge and Stafford, Virginia. Their experienced foot care experts can provide effective treatment of plantar fasciitis, so call the office nearest you today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes. If the plantar fascia gets irritated and then inflamed, it causes heel pain, the main symptom of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis causes pain on the bottom of your heel that’s usually worse when you get up in the morning or after you’ve been sitting for long periods. After a few minutes of walking the pain gets better because walking stretches the plantar fascia. The pain often returns after you’ve been on your feet for a while.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is faulty foot structure, so if you have either overly flat feet or feet with high arches, you’re more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Other contributing factors include wearing non-supportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces and spending long hours on your feet. Being obese can also cause plantar fasciitis or make it worse.

These symptoms give the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers an indication that you have plantar fasciitis, which they can confirm using X-rays or other imaging scans. Sometimes bony growths called heel spurs are found in patients who have plantar fasciitis, although they rarely cause pain.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

There are several ways in which you can help ease the pain and promote recovery from plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Avoiding going barefoot
  • Using ice packs
  • Limiting physical activities
  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Taking anti-inflammatory painkillers

Try to wear shoes that have slightly raised heels as well. They’ll take the pressure off the plantar fascia.

If these methods aren’t relieving your symptoms after several weeks, the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can help with treatments like:

  • Padding and strapping
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Removable walking casts
  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy

Your podiatrist can also create custom orthotic devices that fit into your shoe and help correct the underlying problems causing your plantar fasciitis.

Do I need surgery for plantar fasciitis?

Most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to nonsurgical treatments, but not all of them. If you’ve had treatment for several months and there’s still no improvement, you can discuss surgical options with a foot and ankle surgeon at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers.

One of the options is plantar release surgery, which involves your surgeon cutting the plantar fascia to ease the pressure. They can also take out any damaged tissue, and remove bone spurs if they’re present.

If you have heel pain, the team at Lake Ridge and Stafford Foot & Ankle Centers can help relieve your pain and get you moving again. Call them today or book an appointment online.