Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament that connects the heel to the toes becomes inflamed. This inflammation causes pain on the bottom of the heel, especially first thing in the morning or after rising from a long car ride.
Risk factors include:
- Flat feet
- High arches
- Heel Spurs
- Non-supportive shoes
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
There are many conservative treatment options for plantar fasciitis:
- Physical Therapy by a Doctor of Physical Therapy on premises- including a stretching regimen, icing, and Ultrasound.
- Footwear modifications and weight reduction to lessen impact on the feet.
- A walking boot, or night splints, sized and dispensed in the office.
- Anti inflammatory medications
- Chronic cases can be treated with Custom Designed Orthotics, 3D scanned via modern “Tom-Cat” computer scanning, not to be confused with standing force plates which are not 3D.
- Extra-Corporal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) and minimally invasive Endoscopic Plantar fasciotomy (EPF) are also available.
- Surgery to remove the heel spur is an option of last resort, but only if all other treatments have been ineffective.
If you are experiencing heel pain, schedule an appointment with Dr. Caputo or Dr. DeLorenzo (your Top Docs and trusted Board Certified Foot and Ankle specialists) today. Don't wait. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can walk without pain. 732-739-3230