Plantar Fasciitis

General Orthopedics – Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of a band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Inflammation originates from tightening of the Plantar Fascia, which will tear instead of flexing as the foot moves. Complications with the knees, hip, or back are common because inflammation changes the athletes walking motion, stressing other joints. Pain is common after exercise, when getting out of bed, or after rising from periods of inactivity.

Symptoms

  • Sharp pain in heel or foot
  • Heightened pain after waking
  • Pain after sitting or standing for prolonged periods of time

Treatment

  • Rest & Ice
  • Keep weight off the foot until the pain and inflammation subsides
  • Avoiding running, jumping, or walking without any support or cushioning
  • Use of Orthotics
  • Anti-inflammatory medication when necessary
  • Stretching exercise