Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain

  • By The Admin
  • 09 Jan, 2018

Local Podiatrist Dr. Jeff Carlson, DPM serving Kenai, Soldotna, and Homer.

What do Albert Pujols , Kobe Bryant , and Eli Manning have in common? Besides all being athletes, they have all suffered from plantar fasciitis . Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in adults, and has affected many professional athletes during their career. Unfortunately, this condition also occurs in many adults who are not athletes, so read on to learn more about what plantar fasciitis is and how it is treated.

What is the plantar fascia anyway?

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes. It helps support the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis results from stress to the tissue, and can be very painful.

What are the symptoms?

Most patients with plantar fasciitis complain of pain in their heels. Often, the pain is worse when getting out of bed in the morning, but gets better as you walk throughout the day. As the tissue stretches throughout the day, it becomes less painful to walk. Resting allows the tissue to return to its pre-stretched state, which makes the pain come back.

What treatments are available?

There are several treatments for plantar fasciitis. Conservative treatments include icing and stretching the plantar fascia. Orthotics  and physical therapy  might be needed for some patients. Others still might need a night splint, which is a device that keeps your foot in a fixed position to help stretch the tissue.

Many patients know that corticosteroid shots in the heel can help with the pain of plantar fasciitis. While this is true, repeated shots to the plantar fascia can do harm to the surrounding tissues. This is why at MediCenter Specialties Podiatry Clinic we prefer to perform stem cell activator injections that actually repair and strengthen the diseased tissue.

Finally, it is important to talk to your doctor if you have heel pain, because several conditions can cause pain in the heel. If your heels hurt, make an appointment by calling (907) 283-9110 for an examination and discussion on the best treatment options for you.

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