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Heel Pain 101: Understanding and Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy outdoor activities, but for many people, heel pain can put a damper on their plans. One common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a condition that affects millions of individuals each year. In this blog post, we’ll explore what plantar fasciitis is, its symptoms, causes, and treatment options to help you get back on your feet and enjoy the summer pain-free.

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. This inflammation can cause stabbing pain in the heel or along the arch of the foot, particularly with the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, especially in the morning or after sitting for an extended period. Other symptoms may include:

  • Pain that worsens with activity
  • Swelling or tenderness in the heel
  • Difficulty walking or standing for long periods
  • Tightness or stiffness in the arch of the foot

Causes of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis can develop for various reasons, including:

  • Overuse or repetitive strain on the plantar fascia, such as from running or excessive walking
  • Poor foot mechanics, such as flat feet or high arches
  • Wearing unsupportive shoes or shoes with inadequate cushioning
  • Excess weight or obesity, which puts added pressure on the feet
  • Aging, as the plantar fascia loses elasticity over time
  • Tight calf muscles

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Fortunately, plantar fasciitis is often treatable with conservative measures, including:

  • Resting and avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms
  • Stretching exercises to improve flexibility and reduce tightness in the calf muscles and plantar fascia
  • Wearing supportive shoes with cushioned insoles and proper arch support
  • Applying ice to the affected area to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Using over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen, to alleviate discomfort
  • Custom orthotic devices to provide additional support and correct foot mechanics

The majority of the time, nonsurgical methods can be utilized to address this condition’s future flare-ups. At Yeargain Foot & Ankle, we have numerous excellent outcomes using our nonsurgical plantar fasciitis treatment protocol, including custom orthotics and night splints.

Surgical intervention is needed in less than 10% of all plantar fasciitis cases and is only considered if nonsurgical methods fail to resolve your symptoms fully. Typically we will start with advanced imaging, such as an MRI or ultrasound, to determine if surgery is required. If this is the case, endoscopic or minimally invasive surgery can be performed, which results in a short recovery time versus traditional open surgical procedures.

Plantar fasciitis can be a frustrating and painful condition, but with the right treatment approach, most individuals can find relief and return to their favorite summer activities. If you’re experiencing heel pain or suspect you may have plantar fasciitis, don’t hesitate to reach out to the experts at Yeargain Foot & Ankle for personalized care and effective treatment options. We’re here to help you step into summer with confidence and comfort.

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3801 Gaston Ave #330
Dallas, TX 75246
(972) 853-4886

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Oak Cliff/Methodist Hospital
1411 N Beckley Ave. Suite 456
Dallas, TX 75203
Pavilion III at Methodist Hospital
(972) 845-4970

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