One in 10 Americans has plantar fasciitis. If your heel pain stops you from enjoying an active life, it’s time to see top podiatrist Daniel Mallett, DPM, at Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic in Parker, Colorado. Dr. Mallett offers a number of nonsurgical treatments that can rapidly relieve your pain. Book your appointment by calling the office or clicking the online scheduler today.
Plantar fasciitis is a series of microscopic tears in your plantar fascia, the ligament-like tissue that extends from your heel to the middle bones of your foot. Your plantar fascia provides much of the support for your foot arch.
When you walk, stand, and run, your plantar fascia absorbs pressure, but excessive amounts of pressure can lead to plantar fasciitis. Many factors can contribute to this condition, including flat feet, obesity, and Achilles tendon tightness. Standing for long periods is also a common cause.
Heel pain is the main symptom of plantar fasciitis. Many people say that their heel pain starts early in the morning, with the first couple of steps after waking up. The pain usually lessens as you walk but can return with heavy exercise or after a period of rest.
At Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic, Dr. Mallett emphasizes education and conservative care, a combination that’s proven highly effective for his patients.
To understand the underlying reasons for your plantar fasciitis, Dr. Mallett reviews your case carefully and asks questions about your health, activities, and lifestyle.
Some of the most common treatments for plantar fasciitis include:
Custom orthotics can support your arch and raise your heel slightly, which eases the pressure on your plantar fascia.
Athletic shoes or other footwear with a cushioned heel and plenty of arch support can relieve your plantar fascia discomfort.
Anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen can quickly decrease the inflammation and, therefore, the pain of plantar fasciitis.
Daily stretching exercises to gently extend your plantar fascia and Achilles tendon can help with your symptoms.
A night splint positions your foot so that your plantar fascia is stretched out as you sleep. This helps to reduce the pain when you take the first few steps in the morning.
If other treatments don’t relieve your plantar fasciitis symptoms, a cortisone injection can reduce inflammation and pain. Cortisone injections work for several weeks, perhaps longer.
If you’ve tried conservative options but your plantar fasciitis persists, Dr. Mallett may recommend a surgical procedure to release tension in your plantar fascia.
Front Range Foot and Ankle Clinic has help for plantar fasciitis pain, so get in touch by phone or through online booking.