4 Encouraging Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

4 Encouraging Facts About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common overuse injury in which your plantar fascia becomes inflamed and tender. If you experience stabbing pain when you walk, especially your first few steps each morning, you might be dealing with plantar fasciitis. 

Unfortunately, as the condition progresses, exercising 一 and even just walking 一 becomes more painful.

If you suspect you have plantar fasciitis, you don’t have to suffer in silence. It’s a treatable condition and something that our board-certified podiatrists at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists diagnose and treat often.

We know plantar fasciitis can be a downer, especially if it affects your activity levels. That’s why we’re here to share four encouraging facts about this condition.

1. Plantar fasciitis is easy to diagnose

There are many reasons why your feet may hurt. Achilles tendinitis, hammertoe, broken bones, and plantar fasciitis are just a few conditions that can keep you off your feet. 

The good news, though, is that finding out what’s causing your pain is relatively straightforward. Plantar fasciitis is easy to diagnose through a physical exam, a review of your symptoms, and a quick analysis of your diagnostic images (such as X-rays.) 

2. Self-care can help improve plantar fasciitis

Once we’ve confirmed that plantar fasciitis is the source of your symptoms, we can shape your treatment plan, and that may include self-care treatments. Self-care treatments that help plantar fasciitis include:

These self-care practices can help reduce pain and help prevent plantar fascia irritation in the future. 

3. Plantar fasciitis can be treated without surgery

At-home treatments aren’t always enough to ease your discomfort, and that’s where we come into the picture. Depending on the severity of your symptoms, we can treat your plantar fasciitis without surgery. 

The following noninvasive treatments are available here at Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists:

Each of these conservative treatments helps improve your symptoms in different ways. Night splints keep your foot in a stretched position overnight while you sleep, and custom orthotics help take pressure off your plantar fascia during the day. 

4. We can treat even stubborn cases

In some cases, conservative treatments aren’t enough to alleviate your symptoms. If your plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to noninvasive treatments, you’re still not out of options. 

Our expert team may recommend corticosteroid injections to reduce pain and inflammation, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, or ultrasonic tissue repair. Even in the most extreme cases, surgery is an option. 

In other words, it doesn’t matter how stubborn your plantar fasciitis is, our team is prepared to help you get the relief you need.

Get started with a consultation today

Don’t let plantar fasciitis keep you off your feet. With seven convenient Florida locations, we’re just a call or click away. To explore your treatment options 一 whether that’s nonsurgical or surgical 一 call the office of your choice or book an appointment online

We’re located in Tamarac, Fort Lauderdale (three offices), Hollywood, Coral Springs, and Boca Raton, Florida.

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