The plantar fascia is the ligament running from the heel to the forefoot. This ligament on the sole of the foot becomes inflamed from overuse, foot structure, disease such as arthritis or diabetes, or even wearing ill-fitting shoes. The resulting condition is Plantar Fasciitis.
- Sharp heel pain, may start as mild pain in heel
- Pain can arise after activity, rather than during
- Pain when walking after a long period of inactivity, such as sleep or sitting
- Limited swelling in affected area
- May affect one (most common) or both feet
The doctor may recommend rest, elevation, better fitting shoes, limiting or modifying activity and periodically icing the foot.
Anti-Inflammatory medications may reduce pain and inflammation associated with this condition.
Certified Physical Therapists work closely with doctors to create an individualized program to maximize healing and restore function, strength and mobility
Certified Orthotists can custom fit padded shoe inserts to relieve pain and other symptoms associated with Plantar Fasciitis.
A cast, splint or other advanced support may be used to limit the foot movement during activity, and allow for the healing process to begin.
Corticosteroid injections to the affected portion of the foot can provide short-term pain relief and reduced inflammation, when medication is ineffective or not an option.