Plantar Faciitis

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What is Plantar Faciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis is a serious, painful, and progressing condition that occurs when the long, flat ligament along the bottom of the foot develops micro-tears and inflammation. In other words, plantar fasciitis is a strain of the plantar ligament. The plantar ligament extends from the five toes and runs along the bottom of the foot, attaching at the heel. When you walk or run, you land on your heel and raise yourself on your toes as you shift your weight to your other foot, causing all your weight to be held up by your plantar ligament. Under certain circumstances, such repetitive force can damage the plantar ligament.

What can cause Plantar Faciitis?

Many factors can cause plantar fasciitis to develop. When walking with a normal step, the plantar ligament stretches as the foot strikes the ground. When walking with an abnormal step, or when putting repetitive pressure on the heel, the plantar ligament can stretch irregularly, become stressed, and develop small tears. These small tears can cause the ligaments outer coating, or fascia, to become inflamed and can lead to serious pain.

The pain from plantar fasciitis is described as being either dull aching or sharp, and it can usually be reproduced by flexing the toes upwards (dorsiflexion) and tensing the ligament. Plantar fasciitis pain tends to be worse after standing or exercising for prolonged periods or after getting out of bed in the morning. Morning heel pain from plantar fasciitis is one of the most common symptoms and occurs because the fascia becomes tense after a protracted rest. As the person walks, the ligament “warms up” and lengthens slightly, reducing the tension on the ligament and lessening pain.

Treatment for Plantar Faciitis?

Conservative measures can be taken first.  Rest from the aggravating activity, icing, and regular stretching.  If no relief is found then you are a great candidate for Laser Therapy.  Along with the ice and stretching,  a Laser therapy treatment program  2-3 times a week for about 3 weeks should bring relief.  Other more expensive and invasive treatments not done in our office may include steroid injections, and surgery.  Results is not guaranteed of course with any of these treatments, but clearly beginning the conservative options is the best place to  start.  

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