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Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition affecting more than two million Americans. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons says that the supportive plantar fascia becomes inflamed and painful, impacting mobility. At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, your renowned podiatrist is Dr. Daniel Waldman, can diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis, returning you, and your feet, to normal.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia, plantar fasciitis happens when the connective tissue between the heel and toes is repeatedly overstretched due to:
- Overuse (as with running or standing on your feet too long)
- High arches
- New athletic activity
- Tight calf muscles
- The aging process
Heel pain is a presenting symptom, and some patients have small calcified projections off the front of their heel bones. These heel spurs add to the discomfort associated with plantar fasciitis. Typically, plantar fasciitis symptoms are worse in the morning and abate during the day.
Diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis
Your podiatrist at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, will inspect your painful feet, watch you walk, and do X-rays or other types of digital imaging if warranted. Many people with plantar fasciitis twist their feet to the midline (overpronation). This extra pressure on the plantar fascia leads to soreness, swelling, and difficulty walking and standing.
Dr. Waldman will fine-tune your treatment to suit your individual symptoms and lifestyle. Elements of your care plan may include:
- Rest, ice, and elevation of the affected foot
- Arch supports (customized shoe orthotics)
- Changes in athletic training
- Motrin to relieve pain and inflammation
- Cortisone injections
- Maintaining a recommended body weight
- Wearing shoes with thick soles (no flip flops or going barefoot)
- Massage and other kinds of physical therapy
Some patients do not respond well to conservative treatments. A surgery, such as plantar fascia release, can relieve pain and stiffness. Fortunately, Dr. Waldman is board-certified in foot and ankle surgery. A nationally and internationally known lecturer, Dr. Waldman is an expert in minimal incision surgical techniques.
Feel better now!
At Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, Dr. Daniel Waldman, and his team relieve stubborn plantar fasciitis. Don't wait. Let this expert podiatrist help you stay active. Phone us for an appointment: (828) 254-5371. Or, you may contact us through our website: blueridgefoot.com.
Have you been struggling with heel pain? It could be caused by plantar fasciitis, a common podiatric condition that can make even simple movements incredibly difficult. Fortunately, your Asheville, NC, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Walman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, offers treatments designed to ease your plantar fasciitis pain—read on to learn more!
Inflammation is responsible for plantar fasciitis pain
Plantar fasciitis pain is caused by an inflammation in the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that links your toes to your heel. The fascia not only supports your arch, but it also acts as a shock absorber. Pain can occur due to tiny tears in the fascia that cause inflammation and stiffness.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms can make everyday tasks more difficult
Walking through the grocery store or participating in your favorite form of exercise can become harder than expected if you develop plantar fasciitis. Have you noticed that your heel feels particularly painful first thing in the morning? Plantar fasciitis tends to be worse when you walk or stand after you've been inactive for a while.
Some people are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis than others
Plantar fasciitis often affects people who are between 40 and 60. The problem can be traced to an age-related flattening of the foot, which may put added stress on the plantar fascia. Being overweight or obese can also stress your fascia and cause inflammation.
Teachers, factory workers, and other people who spend most of the day on their feet may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Your risk may increase if you have tight calf muscles, high arches, run for exercise, or train too long/too hard.
Your Asheville podiatrist can help you ease your pain
Resting your foot and using a combination of ice and over-the-counter pain medication can be very helpful if you have plantar fasciitis. If your pain persists despite this home treatment, your foot doctor may recommend physical therapy, ultrasound therapy, steroid injections, or night splints. The splints stretch your fascia while you sleep, reducing inflammation.
Steroid injections may be recommended if you have severe pain. Surgery isn't usually necessary but it may be an option if your pain doesn't improve after trying other treatments.
Need relief? Give us a call
Contact your Asheville, NC, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Walman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, at (828) 254-5371 to schedule an appointment or visit his website: https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.
Do you feel pain along the bottom of your foot or at the base of your heel? Are you walking funny or hesitating to walk at all? You may have a condition called plantar fasciitis, which can be treated by Dr. Daniel Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC. This condition is common in athletes, manual laborers, and people who must walk long distances every day.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis (also called heel spur syndrome) is an inflammation of the band of tissue that stretches from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. This ligament, called the plantar fascia, is important to the function of your feet. It helps you walk, run, and jump with ease and comfort. It also allows you to maintain a healthy arch. The inflammation is caused by strain on the feet, whether from wearing cheap shoes or rolling the foot inward too much when walking. Patients who are obese are also prone to plantar fasciitis pain because of the extra weight and pressure put on the feet.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Though it is sometimes needed, it is possible to treat plantar fasciitis without surgery. Here are some of the non-invasive options Dr. Daniel Waldman may present you:
- Designing a custom orthotic to slip into your shoes.
- Foot wrapping or splinting for athletes.
- Targeted stretches and physical therapy.
- OTC or Rx Anti Inflammatory medications.
- RADIAL WAVE THERAPY.
Be Good to Your Feet
Once your feet have been successfully treated for plantar fasciitis, keep your feet healthy by protecting them and making better daily choices. Here are a few tips on how you can avoid a reoccurring foot injury:
- Change your footwear, as this is often the source of foot pain. Avoid wearing flip-flops and very high-heeled shoes.
- Be more aware of how you’re walking (heel first, roll forward evenly, and end on your toes).
- Soak your feet at night (warm water and Epsom salt) and rub them gently at night to get relief after a long day.
Have Your Feet Examined
Dr. Waldman at Blue Ridge Foot Centers in Asheville, NC, will determine if you have plantar fasciitis and recommend the appropriate treatment. Call 828-254-5371 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Waldman.