Plantar fasciitis is a common problem that causes pain in 1 or both of your heels. A variety of treatments exist to bring relief and prevent symptom flare-ups. Alicia Knee, DPM, is pleased to offer effective options, including endoscopic surgery for severe cases, for people in San Francisco. Call the offices at Alicia Knee, DPM, today for a consultation or appointment.
The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects your heel bone to your toes, supporting the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis happens when this ligament gets irritated, weak, swollen, or strained. It’s the leading cause of heel pain, and especially common in middle-aged people and anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet, such as soldiers and athletes.
Anything that strains the plantar fascia can cause plantar fasciitis. Common contributors include pronation (your feet rolling inward when you walk or run), having flat feet or high arches, standing or walking for extended time periods, carrying excess weight, wearing uncomfortable or worn out shoes, and tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles.
Besides general heel pain, you may notice pronounced pain when you first stand and walk in the morning or after sitting for a long time. Plantar fasciitis also causes increasing pain as the day goes on or when you climb stairs or stand for a while. You may also develop a heel spur, or a calcium deposit that forms a bony bulge on the underside of your heel bone. Heel spurs may be painless, or add to your heel pain.
A variety of techniques and treatments help ease plantar fasciitis pain. Lifestyle options include resting your feet, avoiding walking or running on hard surfaces, stretching your calves several times each day — especially first thing in the morning — and taking over-the-counter pain relievers. Switching to comfortable, supportive shoes with orthotics can also help. Dr. Knee may recommend splints to wear during the night or steroid medications for your heel. For severe cases, endoscopic plantar fascia surgery may be ideal.
When other treatments fail to bring relief, endoscopic plantar fascia surgery provides relief and minimizes chronic plantar fasciitis symptoms. In studies, the minimally invasive surgery has shown to have an 87% success rate, which is higher than other surgical options. It also involves less dissection of tissue than other surgeries, leading to faster recovery time. There are risks for complications, however, and not everyone experiences full symptom relief. Dr. Knee helps determine if surgery is the best option for you.
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