Plantar Fasciitis

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc. -  - Podiatry

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc.

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, & Westlake Village, CA

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain in adults in the United States. For mild to severe heel and foot pain, visit the team of experts at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. With decades of experience in podiatry and foot and ankle surgery, the team provides thorough, effective care at their locations in Oxnard, Palmdale, Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Camarillo, California. Schedule a consultation online or by phone now to get relief.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the tough, fibrous tendon — called the plantar fascia — in the sole of your foot. This tendon connects your heel bone to your toes and can cause extreme heel and foot pain, especially when you’re taking your first steps out of bed in the morning.

Typically, plantar fasciitis begins gradually with mild heel pain that may feel like a deep bruise. Plantar fasciitis pain is usually worse after, though not during, exercise. Over time, this pain can worsen and feel like the sole of your foot is ripping or being cut open. Early treatment is one of the best ways to reduce the severe symptoms of plantar fasciitis.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are certain risk factors that may predispose you to develop plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Being female
  • Being overweight
  • Having a job that requires a lot of standing or walking, especially on hard surfaces
  • Walking or running for exercise
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Having very flat feet or very high arches

While some of these risk factors can’t be changed, modifying your work and lifestyle activities may make it possible to prevent or reduce the severity of plantar fasciitis. The Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. team works with you to reduce stressors on your feet so you can get out of pain and back to your normal activities.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Conservative treatment for plantar fasciitis is the first step to reducing the inflammation and pain in your feet. Conservative care often includes stretching, avoiding walking and standing for long periods, ice, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, as needed.

Your doctor teaches you rehabilitation exercises and stretches you can perform at home to relax your calf muscles and plantar fascia. Custom-made orthotics may also help reduce your discomfort — especially if you have problems with the arches in your feet.

In about 90% of cases, plantar fasciitis resolves within one to two months following treatment from the Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. team. Severe discomfort may benefit from injections that reduce pain and inflammation.

Put an end to your foot and heel pain with a visit to Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. Schedule your visit online or by phone now.