Have you ever woken up from a long night and the moment you get out of bed, a stabbing pain hits your foot? Well, you are certainly not alone. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, affecting around two million people in the US alone. But no need to worry; there are a multitude of treatment plans if you suspect that you might be affected.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a long band of tissue in the back of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes. Its primary purpose is to support the arch of the foot, but excess tension can cause small tears in the tissue. Over time, too much tearing and stretching can result in inflammation. Many times, plantar fasciitis is not brought upon by an obvious cause, however certain factors can increase your chances.
- Flat feet
- High Arched Feet
- Short Achilles Tendon
- Excessive running
- Standing on hard surfaces
Wearing optimal footwear or frequent stretching can many times prevent plantar fasciitis. However, if you already have plantar fasciitis there are multiple options for you to choose from to treat the pain.
- Ice can reduce inflammation
- Stopping activities that could be causes of increased heel pain
- Massaging and stretching the plantar fascia
- Rolling a can or ball with the affected area on foot
- Stretching the arch of the foot with a towel
Though rarely, some patients have to opt for more invasive treatment options.
- Plantar Fascia Release is a surgery in which part of the ligament is cut in order to reduce tension and inflammation.
- Topaz is a 20-minute procedure where the doctor will insert a needle-like Topaz wand into the affected area multiple times. It increases blood flow in the area and helps restart the healing process.
Plantar fasciitis is a result of injuries that happen over time and in the same way, it takes time for the pain to go away. Regardless of whether you require a home or surgical treatment, the key to healing the condition is maintaining that treatment over a period of time.
Schedule your appointment with Arlington and Mansfield Podiatrist Dr. Dan Bhakta.
Dr. Dan Bhakta is a highly respected member of the podiatry community in Dallas Fort Worth Founder and Director of Accent Podiatry Associates with two convenient locations in Arlington and Mansfield. He specializes in pediatric foot care, reconstructive surgery, sports injuries, limb salvage, and wound care; as well as peripheral nerve disease. Named Top10MD in 2017 an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeed within the United States. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Bhakta or call 817.557.1006.