Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. Although it accounts for at least 10% of running-related injuries, it also affects an equal number of people engaging in less stressful activities. Dr. Jeffrey Roith and Dr. Sarah Russell at Kansas City Institute of Podiatry have years of experience helping patients overcome heel pain and preventing future plantar fasciitis flare-ups. If you experience heel or arch pain, call the office in Overland Park, Kansas or book an appointment online.
A band of connective tissue, the plantar fascia, runs across the bottom of your foot, connecting the heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch and also protects your foot from stress by absorbing shock.
Plantar fasciitis develops when the connective tissue is inflamed due to pressure, a tear, or injury.
Severe heel pain is the primary symptom, but you may also have arch pain. The heel pain typically worsens when you’re at rest, but there are two exceptions: Your pain may flare up when you take your first steps after resting and during activities that put extra pressure on your foot.
The stress and damage leading to plantar fasciitis often develop over time, due to:
The doctors at Kansas City Institute of Podiatry perform a thorough examination, including diagnostic imaging if necessary, then develop a customized treatment plan to relieve your symptoms, heal the plantar fascia, and prevent future problems.
Your individualized treatment may include one or more of the following:
Most patients achieve effective relief by applying ice to relieve inflammation and temporarily modifying their gait. Tight muscles cause or can aggravate plantar fasciitis, so your doctor may recommend stretching exercises or physical therapy.
Supportive heel inserts or thick soles help relieve pain by eliminating stress on the plantar fascia.
If your pain is severe or doesn’t go away, corticosteroid injections effectively reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
The doctors at Kansas City Institute of Podiatry are specialists in ESWT, a noninvasive treatment that uses high-energy shock waves to stimulate healing. ESWT is considered for persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
When you still have symptoms after about 12 months of conservative treatment, your doctor may consider surgery to release tension on your plantar fascia.
Don’t continue to suffer from heel pain, call Kansas City Institute of Podiatry or book an appointment online.