Plantar Fasciitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments
(“plantar fash-eee-eye-tiss”) is the most common form of heel pain that we treat. “Plantar” means the bottom of the foot; “fascia” is a type of connective tissue, and “itis” means “inflammation”.
With the latest technology and treatments for plantar fasciitis we are rapidly approaching an impressive 95% success rate of treating this cause of heel pain. This page provides information about our most current and successful treatments for plantar fasciitis.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Patients describe the symptoms of plantar fasciitis as a burning, stabbing or aching pain in the heel. This is most noticeable in the morning when first rising from bed or after periods of rest. When patients with this condition take their first steps in the morning they will often limp for a period before the pain subsides. However, the pain will return either later in the day or again the next morning.
Do you experience heel pain when getting out of bed in the morning?
Pain experienced with the first few steps in the morning is often a symptom of plantar fasciitis. This is very common for people suffering from plantar fascitiis and can easily be alleviated. Failure to address plantar fasciitis can lead to the formation of painful heel spurs.
Plantar fasciitis is not the only cause of morning stiffness or heel pain but it is one of the most common. Another possible cause of heel pain in the morning is the presence of a heel spur. There are many reasons for morning heel pain and morning stiffness, however one of the most common is attributed to microscopic tearing of the plantar fascia which causes the pain when you initially takes their first steps after a night of rest. If the strain on this ligament continues the body responds by producing more bone in the area, which is the creation of a heel spur.
When you are sleeping the tension is reduced on the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon. The fascia has a chance to begin the process of repair during rest. When you step out of bed in the morning, the inflammatory cycle is initiated and pain is experienced. Typically, the pain begins to subside with more walking. However, it usually returns again towards the end of the day and always returns again overnight. Stretching of the Achilles complex and plantar fascia can often greatly reduce this pain. Depending on your cause of heel pain there are many treatments available. With a wide range of treatments, recent breakthroughs and our latest technology we are successfully treating heel pain. If you are experiencing morning heel pain, we can help. Do not let that morning limp slow you down any longer. Visit the Plantar Fascitiis Causes, Symptoms and Treatments page for more information about plantar fasciitis treatments or make an appointment today to visit us.
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