Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, a ligament on the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed and painful. This condition is the most common cause of heel and arch pain, and can occur in young and old alike. Plantar fasciitis occurs because the plantar fascia becomes damaged. This damage usually occurs slowly over time because of strain to the ligament from abnormal foot structure or poor shoes and foot support. It can also occur quickly during an injury, like stepping on a root or stone, or straining it when on a narrow ladder rung or stairs.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms typically include pain in the heel, often worse in the morning or after arising from rest. It can range from throbbing to sharp and stabbing. A heel spur is often blamed for heel pain instead of this condition as the two often appear together, despite the fact that it is very uncommon for spurs on the bottom of the heel to cause pain.
Plantar fasciitis is often under treated by physicians not well trained in foot disease. Plantar fasciitis treatment has several elements, including ant-inflammatory medications, stretching and icing, as well as steroid injections in many cases. What is often ignored is the underlying foot structure abnormality that causes the inflammation in the first place. Orthotic inserts, either store bought or more superior custom orthotics, provide much needed structural stability to the fascia and reduce the likelihood of fasciitis returning. For this reason, they are a very important part of plantar fasciitis treatment.
Our podiatrists in Noblesville and Fishers treat this condition daily, and can help give you relief.