Every year, about two million Americans visit the doctor to seek treatment for plantar fasciitis. Without proper treatment, plantar fasciitis can negatively affect your mobility and keep you away from your favorite activities. At Lower Limb Institute in Hackensack and Edison, New Jersey, Mina Abadeer, DPM, regularly works with men and women to diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis. If you regularly experience heel pain, make an appointment by calling the office or booking online today.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the leading causes of chronic heel pain. Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that begins in your heel and runs to your toes.
Each time you walk, run, or climb a flight of stairs represents wear-and-tear on your plantar fascia. Over the years, small fissures form in your plantar fascia. If these fissures become irritated or inflamed, they may cause a sharp, stabbing pain at the bottom of your foot.
Plantar fasciitis can affect anyone, but it’s especially common in runners and other physically active individuals. You’re also at risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you’re overweight or wear shoes that don’t provide adequate support.
The symptoms of plantar fasciitis vary. Common telltale signs include:
If you have plantar fasciitis, you might also experience severe foot pain after long periods of standing or walking.
If you have plantar fasciitis, it’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible. Without proper management, plantar fasciitis can cause chronic heel pain. It might also cause you to change the way you walk. Over time, this increases your risk of hip, knee, foot, and back problems.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Abadeer performs a physical exam, reviews your medical history, and asks you questions about your symptoms. He checks for areas of tenderness on your foot and ankle. Pinpointing the location of your pain can help determine its cause.
Treatment for plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of your symptoms and their effect on your quality of life. Dr. Abadeer typically recommends conservative measures of care like rest, ice, compression, and elevation or over-the-counter pain medication.
If your symptoms persist or get worse, Dr. Abadeer might recommend physical therapy, custom orthotics, or night splints.
For plantar fasciitis pain that lasts for months or longer, surgical intervention may be necessary. During surgery, Dr. Abadeer detaches the plantar fascia from your heel bone.
If plantar fasciitis keeps you from participating in your favorite activities, don’t wait to seek professional help. Use online booking or call Lower Limb Institute to make your appointment today.