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How Is Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosed?

Plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, is a common injury among people who participate in sports. This condition usually causes stabbing heel pain. When diagnosing plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist will first take your medical history, asking you to describe the location, quality, and severity of your pain. The doctor will then complete a thorough physical examination of the affected foot, noting any swelling and tenderness, the foot’s range of motion, and the impact of the injury on the way you walk. Imaging studies, such as X-rays or MRIs, may be ordered to rule out other conditions, such as stress fractures or heel spurs, that can cause similar symptoms. If you are experiencing foot pain, please consult with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact David Jenson, DPM, FAENS  from Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in The Woodlands, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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