Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic problems in the nation and can lead to significant discomfort. For residents of Alexandria, Virginia, help is available from Philip Garrett, DPM, and Dong Kim, DPM, at Landmark Foot and Ankle Center. Just call the office to set up your initial visit. Online booking is also an option and takes just moments to complete.

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What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. It occurs when the strong band of connective tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. This tissue connects your toes and your heel bone and is called your plantar fascia.

This ligament helps absorb shock when you walk, jump, or run. It also supports the arch of your foot as you go through normal daily movements.

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of your heel. Most people only notice pain in one heel, although it’s possible to develop plantar fasciitis in both feet at the same time.

Some additional things to keep an eye out for include:

  • Pain when you first get out of bed and place weight on your foot
  • Stiffness in your foot
  • Burning or aching on the bottom of your foot
  • Pain after exercise, but not while exercising

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis usually develop gradually. You might notice worsening heel or foot pain over a long period of time before deciding to seek treatment.

Are there treatments that can help with plantar fasciitis?

A brief physical examination and a discussion of your symptoms are usually all that’s needed to diagnose plantar fasciitis, although imaging can help in some cases. Once your specialist at Landmark Foot and Ankle Center determines plantar fasciitis is to blame for your symptoms, there are several treatment options to explore.

Physical therapy can help you learn to stretch your plantar fascia. Strengthening your lower leg muscles can also help reduce heel and foot pain.

Wearing a night splint is a common treatment for plantar fasciitis. These orthotic devices work by positioning your foot in a very specific way as you sleep. This positioning stretches your calf and the arch of your foot during the night, helping to reduce morning symptoms. Custom orthotics that fit inside your shoes can help reduce discomfort during the day.

Extracorporeal shockwave therapy uses sound waves to prompt your body’s natural healing powers. This is a great option if other therapies have not yielded the desired results.

Injected steroid medications can deliver temporary pain relief. It’s important to avoid too many injections, however, as they can eventually lead to a rupture of your plantar fascia. In some cases, surgery is the best way to treat plantar fasciitis, especially when there is a detachment from your heel bone.

Don’t live with daily foot pain when there are treatments that can help. Call Landmark Foot and Ankle Center today to book a visit, or spend a few moments on the online scheduling page to find a time that fits your busy life.