Few foot conditions can get in the way of an active and healthy lifestyle faster than plantar fasciitis. For men and women in and around The Woodlands, Texas & Houston, Texas, and Shenandoah, Texas, David Jenson, DPM, of Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists, has the skill and experience needed to diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis. If foot pain is slowing you down, book an appointment today to find a path toward relief. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy schedule, or you can always call or stop by the office to check availability.
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot health complaint, and affects men and women of all ages. To understand the condition, it helps to think about the role your plantar fascia plays in normal foot function.
This flat band of connective tissue runs across the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel bone to your toes. This long ligament supports the arch of your foot, and is a critical part of your mobility.
Your plantar fascia has a very limited blood supply, and therefore can’t heal itself the way most of your other tissues can quickly respond to injury. Plantar fasciitis occurs when this band of tissue becomes inflamed due to tiny tears and repetitive strain. It can quickly present symptoms, and will often worsen over time.
The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of your foot. You may notice pain near the front of your foot or in the center of your heel bone.
This pain is often most pronounced in the morning when you first put weight on your foot. It will usually improve over the course of the day, but you may notice a return after a period of sitting. Pain often increases after exercise or time spent walking.
There are several ways to treat plantar fasciitis and get you happily back on your feet. One option is to use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications to reduce swelling and improve pain. These medications should not be used for extended periods of time, as they do come with a risk of side effects.
Steroid injections can also treat plantar fasciitis. These injections will only ease pain for about a month, but can control inflammation for longer periods of time. Steroid injections are sometimes used to address pain as you complete a course of physical therapy.
Physical therapy helps you strengthen the plantar fascia as well as the muscles that support your feet and lower legs. Shockwave therapy can also be a good option, and promotes swift healing while also reducing inflammation. In rare cases, surgery is needed to correct severely damaged plantar fascia.
Don’t let foot pain keep you on the sidelines of your own life. Schedule a visit at Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialists today to explore treatment paths.