Heel pain can result from many factors, but when it does not go away, it’s commonly known as plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a common medical condition that affects hundreds of people every day. Our podiatry clinic can help distinguish between all the possibilities that can cause plantar fasciitis and help you treat it with the most comprehensive care.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the irritation and swelling of the band of tissue called the plantar fascia that encompasses from the heel to the toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs commonly for people, especially in middle age, but can occur in all age groups due to its various causes. The most common cause comes from faulty structures in the feet, such as those with high arches or flat arches. Runners and athletes tend to have more issues with their heel band due to their constant activity. Obesity can cause issues with your feet, especially if your feet lack the muscle strength and skeletal structure to support the new weight. Having a tight Achilles tendon can also cause plantar fasciitis because the tendon becomes more vulnerable to tears and ruptures.
How We Diagnose Plantar Fasciitis
Our surgeons and podiatrists will diagnose your condition through a series of tests. Dr. Steber will obtain your medical history and conduct a thorough examination of your foot. Throughout the process, Dr. Steber will rule out all possible causes of your plantar fascia pain and will conduct imaging studies through computerized and video gait analysis to distinguish the different types of heel pain.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
At Dr. Steber’s podiatry office, we recommend at least six months of non-surgical treatment before considering surgery. At-home treatments for plantar fasciitis can help relieve pain over time, and if those home-treatments don’t help relieve the pain, Dr. Steber will recommend any of the following treatments:
- Taping, strapping, and padding
- Orthotic devices, such as ankle-foot orthoses
- Removable walking casts
- Corticosteroid injection therapy
- Night splints
- Physical therapy
Surgery for Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition, and normally can be treated by both at-home remedies and non-surgical treatments. Only about 5% of people with plantar fasciitis will need surgery, and we recommend treating your condition with non-surgical treatments for at least six months. However, if other treatments do not improve the symptoms, then surgery can be performed. Surgery for plantar fasciitis will involve cutting part of the plantar fascia ligament to release the tension and swelling. This procedure can be performed as open surgery and endoscopic surgery.
Contact Dr. Steber Today!
If you have plantar fasciitis pain that frequently worsens, then Dr. Steber can help. Dr. Steber has exemplary experience treating wounds and painful neuropathy. Dr. Steber’s focus on podiatry surgery and foot and ankle reconstructive surgery have made in an expert in the podiatry field. Dr. Steber has lectured internationally on podiatry subjects such as wound care and dynamic gait analysis and has board certifications with the American Board of Pediatric Surgery and the American Academy of Wound Management. If you’re experiencing heel pain and need treatment, then contact Dr. Steber today at 570-657-6851 to schedule an appointment.