Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain
Do you suffer from a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel or bottom of the foot? Or a pain that worsens as you stand, climb, tiptoe etc? A pain that is worse after long periods of rest or first thing in the morning? Please read on for how we can help you.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation / degenerative condition of the plantar fascia (the band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot from your heel to your toes). Heel pain is a common result of plantar fasciitis, as irritation turns into inflammation and pain.
There could be a number of reasons for heel pain, so it is important to have the condition diagnosed by one of our podiatrists. They will be able to determine the underlying condition that is causing the pain in your heel.
We will first try non-surgical treatments methods such as padding and strapping, orthotic devices, night splints (used to keep muscles stretched while you rest), off weight bearing methods (cam walker boots), physical therapy, and injection therapy.
The majority of patients, around 90%, respond to appropriate non-operative treatments over a period of 3-6 months. Surgery is an option for patients with persistent symptoms but is NOT recommended unless a patient has failed a minimum of 6-9 months of appropriate non-operative treatment.