Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of chronic heel pain, affecting athletes and nonathletes alike. Eddie Davis, DPM, at South Texas Podiatrist in San Antonio, Texas, regularly works with patients to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of plantar fasciitis using state-of-the-art, noninvasive means. To request your consultation, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
Plantar fasciitis is a type of inflammation that causes chronic heel pain. Your plantar fascia is a strong, thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your heel to your toes. Every time you walk, climb a flight of stairs, or run, your plantar fascia acts like a bowstring, supporting the weight of your legs and upper body.
Over the years, your plantar fascia develops small tears. When these tears become inflamed, they cause heel pain. If you regularly experience heel pain when you first wake up in the morning or after long periods of standing, make an appointment with Dr. Davis at South Texas Podiatrist today.
Anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, but there are certain factors that increase your risk, including:
You’re also more likely to develop plantar fasciitis if you participate in sports or athletic activities that put your heel under duress, including long-distance running, dancing, and aerobic exercise.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, Dr. Davis reviews your medical history and physically examines your foot. During your examination, he observes your foot mechanics, asking you to walk around the room and perform a series of simple in-office exercises. During this time, Dr. Davis observes your gait and posture.
If necessary, Dr. Davis might also order diagnostic imaging with ultrasound. Ultrasound imaging allows Dr. Davis to study the orientation of fibers in your fascia and to determine their thickness. Dr. Davis also uses the ultrasound images to observe the health of these fibers; dark areas indicate swelling and damage.
To treat plantar fasciitis, Dr. Davis focuses on three specific areas: inflammation, biomechanics, and tissue quality.
Dr. Davis starts treatment by addressing inflammation. In most cases, conservative measures of care such as ice massage, physical therapy, and taking nonsteroidal over-the-counter anti-inflammatories provide relief. If your pain persists, Dr. Davis might recommend a series of cortisone shots.
After getting your inflammation under control, Dr. Davis works to improve your biomechanics. There’s no way to change the structure of your foot entirely, but wearing custom orthotics that fit the unique curves of your feet certainly helps.
Last, but not least, Dr. Davis works to improve the health and strength of your fascia. To do this, Dr. Davis usually recommends a series of extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT) treatments. During ESWT, Dr. Davis directs a series of shockwaves at your fascia. This process eradicates scar tissue and encourages the formation of new blood vessels, increasing circulation and easing pain.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis keep you sidelined. Make an appointment at South Texas Podiatrist by calling the office or by clicking the online booking tool today.