Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of sharp heel pain. At Modern Podiatry, empathetic podiatrists Kibibi Wanzu, DPM, Brittany C. Sumpter, DPM, and Ronderick Williamson, DPM, understand the severity of your plantar fasciitis pain. They offer a range of plantar fasciitis treatments like orthotics, night splints, injections, and minimally invasive surgery in their Hampton and Atlanta, Georgia, offices so you can experience pain-free walking again. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tight connective tissue (the plantar fascia) running along the sole of your foot becomes irritated and inflamed. The inflammation causes severe heel pain, which can come and go.
Plantar fasciitis often triggers the development of bone spurs, little hooks of calcium deposits that show up on the bottom of the heel.
Plantar fasciitis is a wear-and-tear injury that develops over time. It can affect anyone but some of the most common factors include:
Although you can develop plantar fasciitis at any age, it becomes more common in midlife because the tissues in the feet weaken and lose some elasticity in your 40s and beyond.
The Modern Podiatry team can diagnose plantar fasciitis with a foot exam in most cases. They’ll feel your foot carefully, looking for tender areas, and may ask you to flex your foot and stand on your toes to check how your foot moves and whether you experience discomfort.
When you report heel pain, plantar fasciitis is usually the first thing the team looks for. However, other conditions like fractures, bone infections, nerve compression, heel fat pad atrophy, and tendonitis can also cause heel pain, so the team may perform X-rays or ultrasound imaging to eliminate other problems.
Modern Podiatry often combines nonsurgical treatment methods to help heal your plantar fascia and stop your heel pain. Common treatments include:
With nonsurgical treatments that promote plantar fascia healing and targeted pain relief, up to 95% of people experience complete recovery.
If you have a particularly stubborn case of plantar fasciitis, the Modern Podiatry team may recommend a minimally invasive surgical treatment. A fasciotomy, which releases the overly tight plantar fascia from the heel bone, is the most common plantar fasciitis procedure.
If sharp heel pain interrupts your day, book your plantar fasciitis evaluation at Modern Podiatry for a prompt diagnosis and pain relief. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.