Plantar Fasciitis: Signs, Symptoms, and Treatment Options

In our San Jose Orthopedic Center, we see many patients that complain from chronic pain caused by plantar fasciitis.  You’ll be glad to know that there are several treatment options to get your feet feeling better fast.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

The plantar fascia is a ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. It supports the arch of your foot and helps you walk. It’s very common for this ligament to become inflamed. In fact, plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in patients.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

The ligament works hard throughout the day acting as a shock absorber and support to the arch of the foot. Too much pressure or overuse of the plantar fasciitis causes foot damage and tears the ligament.  As a result, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, and the inflammation causes heel pain and stiffness.

Poor foot support from ill-fitting shoes are another common cause for plantar fasciitis pain.

What are Signs of Plantar Fasciitis?

While you already know that pain in the heel is the most common sign of this condition, the discomfort is worse in the morning, or after standing from being seated for a long period of time. Experiencing discomfort during exercise is also common.

What Treatment Options Are Available for Plantar Fasciitis?

When you visit San Jose Orthopedic Center and are diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, we’ll go over the treatment options that are available to help.  Simply resting your foot, or doing certain stretches, wearing a night splint, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and the right shoe can prevent you from having surgery.

However, for pain that is subsided through the conservative route, we may need to step in and clip the ligament to relieve tension.

Whatever it is that your foot requires, we’ve got you covered at San Jose Orthopedic Center. If you’ve been suffering from heel pain, give us a call today.

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