Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Can Alleviate Chronic Heel Pain

If you experience sharp, shooting pains on the bottom of your foot, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. The most common reason for heel pain, this condition occurs when connective tissues in your foot become inflamed. Fortunately, our team of experienced surgeons offers effective plantar fasciitis treatment. Our Cedar Park, TX, and Austin, TX, doctors take a conservative approach to treatment, and will always try other methods before recommending surgery. At Orthopedic Specialists of Austin, we use advanced techniques and technology. Therefore, if you do require surgery, you can benefit from effective care with minimized discomfort and downtime.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis graphicYour plantar fascia is the thick band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. If you develop plantar fasciitis, these tissues become inflamed. In other cases, tiny tears may have developed in the fascia.

The first symptom of this condition is typically mild pain in your heel, especially after exercising. However, as plantar fasciitis progresses, this pain will grow worse. Often, it will feel like a stabbing sensation in your heel. Pain is likely to be most acute when you first get up in the morning. In severe cases, significant discomfort can last all day, limiting your normal activities.

Plantar fasciitis is a highly treatable condition. In most cases, you can make a full recovery with non-invasive therapies.

Plantar fasciitis is most likely to affect women between the ages of 40 and 60. In addition, exercises that strain the feet, such as running or dancing, can increase your risk of developing the condition. Being overweight, having high arches or flat feet, and jobs that require standing are also risk factors.

Nonsurgical Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a highly treatable condition. In most cases, you can make a full recovery with non-invasive therapies:

  • Physical therapy: Stretching is the most common treatment for plantar fasciitis. We work with a number of outstanding physical therapists who can prescribe an exercise regimen that is specific to you. Often, we will combine physical therapy with other treatment methods.
  • Splints: A night splint will stretch your calf, Achilles tendon, and plantar fascia while you sleep.
  • Orthotics: Specially made inserts for your shoes can redistribute pressure on your feet and ease inflammation.
  • Steroids: A steroid injection can dramatically reduce inflammation in your foot. We will typically administer only one injection. Multiple rounds can weaken or damage your plantar fascia.

Plantar Fasciitis Release Surgery

If you do not respond to conservative treatments or lifestyle changes, we may suggest surgery. During plantar fascia release, your doctor will cut the band of tissues to relieve tension. This can be completed through an incision in the bottom or back of your heel. At Orthopedic Specialists of Austin, we can often perform this procedure endoscopically, using a small, lighted camera to view the treatment area.

Following traditional surgery, you may need to wear a special stabilizing brace for up to three weeks. If you have minimally invasive surgery, you can usually stand immediately after the procedure. Full recovery from plantar fasciitis surgery may take three to six months. We will refer you to a physical therapist, who will provide an exercise regimen during this time. You should avoid running and similar activities for at least three months.

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If you are suffering from the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, our doctors can restore your comfort and ability to exercise comfortably. Contact our office to learn more about our effective treatment options.