Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
Also known as heel spur syndrome, the condition is often successfully treated with conservative measures, such as the use of laser therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and physical therapy. Consulting your physician prior to taking any medications is important. In persistent cases, our podiatrists would be happy to access your condition to determine the most effective treatment options for you.