If you experience pain in your heels as soon as you step out of bed in the morning, or if your heels ache after a long day of being on your feet, you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis, an inflammatory disorder in the connective tissue of the foot. This is a common problem seen at Providence Foot Health Center in Washington, DC, and your podiatrist, James Mintzer, has plenty of experience in diagnosing and treating it.
Below, a few frequently asked questions about plantar fasciitis are answered.
What is the plantar fascia?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of stretchy tissue that expands the length of the foot's base, connecting the bones under the toes to the heel. This tissue, known as a ligament, helps to support the foot's arch.
How does plantar fasciitis happen?
Constant use of the feet can bring on plantar fasciitis, which causes tiny tears in the tissue. This is a common occurrence for people whose jobs require a lot of standing or those who run for exercise. These risk factors can be exacerbated by obesity, arch abnormalities (high arches or flat feet), or ill-fitting shoes.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
The good news is that most people recover from plantar fasciitis without surgical intervention. Along with anti-inflammatory medication, your Washington, DC, foot doctor may start treatment for your plantar fasciitis by suggesting new shoes that fit well and offer the support you need. Physical therapy exercises may also be helpful in promoting healing. If conservative treatments of your plantar fasciitis aren't successful, Dr. Mintzer may administer steroid injections to help reduce inflammation and pain. In some cases, a surgical procedure may be needed as a permanent solution.
Contact Providence Foot Health Center in Washington, DC, if you think you might be dealing with plantar fasciitis. We can be reached at (202) 269-4062.