By Foot & Ankle Specialists of Orlando
September 02, 2016
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Foot pain can hinder the most simple and necessary of daily activities like walking or standing. Luckily, knowing the signs and symptoms plantar fasciitisof common foot conditions like plantar fasciitis can help you prevent this from happening. Learn more about spotting this condition early and its treatments with Dr. Timothy Mason at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, FL.

What is plantar fasciitis? 
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the thick band of connective tissue which connects the foot’s heel to the toes and supports the foot’s arch becomes inflamed. This irritating condition makes up about 80% of cases of heel pain and is its most common cause. It often occurs due to simple wear and tear, making this condition common in middle-aged or older individuals. However, plantar fasciitis can affect everyone, especially those with careers that involve being on their feet for long periods of time like nurses or athletes.

Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis often occurs gradually over a long period of time. You may have this condition if you experience the following:

  • pain upon taking your first steps in the morning
  • pain which occurs after standing for a long period of time
  • pain which goes away or decreases with exercise or activity
  • pain while walking up stairs

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Orlando, FL 
Treatment focuses on decreasing inflammation in the plantar fascia which relieves the pain it produces. It also increases the strength and range of motion of the foot and correct underlying problems encouraging plantar fasciitis like pronation. Treatment is usually nonsurgical, with conservative treatments including getting plenty of rest, regularly icing the foot, and using over-the-counter pain relieving and anti-inflammatory medications.

Your podiatrist may recommend wearing prescription orthotics inside of your shoes, a cast or a night splint. Physical therapy used alongside these treatments also aids in strengthening the foot’s muscles and taking unneeded pressure off of the plantar fascia. Steroid shots and surgery may be necessary for cases which do not respond to conservative treatments though this is rare.

For more information on plantar fasciitis, please contact Dr. Mason at Foot and Ankle Specialists of Orlando in Orlando, FL. Call (407) 365-9511 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mason today!