Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. It’s a leading cause of heel pain, particularly noted for causing sharp pain in the heel with the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest. The condition is often related to excessive strain over long periods, which can cause tears and inflammation in the fascia. Risk factors include obesity, occupations requiring long hours on the feet, flat feet or high arches, and tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Burning
  • Stabbing pain
  • Tenderness
  • Pain after rest
  • Bruising of heel or arch

Dr. Hausman will perform a thorough physical exam and may take X-rays to confirm the diagnosis.

Plantar Fasciitis FAQ

You may be at a greater risk for the pain and inflammation of plantar fasciitis if you have these risk factors:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Athletic
  • Advanced age

You may also be at a high risk for plantar fasciitis if your lifestyle or job requires excessive standing or walking.

Dr. Hausman’s goals for treatment are to relieve pain and fully restore your mobility. Your plan of care may include one or several of the following treatments:

  • Rest
  • Heat/ice therapy
  • Medications
  • Physical therapy
  • At home exercises
  • Orthotics

If you would like to discuss treatment options for your plantar fasciitis, call or book an appointment online today.