Heel pain and soreness in the arches of your feet are telltale signs of plantar fasciitis. At Diabetic Foot and Wound Center in Bakersfield, California, Ruben Nieto, DPM, and the team can repair damage in your plantar fascia before it begins impacting your quality of life. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of chronic heel pain. To learn more, call Diabetic Foot and Wound Center, or book an appointment online today. Same-day and next-day appointments and telehealth are an option.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel to the bottom of your toes. It helps support the arches of your feet, allowing you to walk and run with flexibility. When the plantar fascia becomes damaged, due to injury or overuse, it can lead to swelling and pain in your heel.
The most common sign of plantar fasciitis is heel pain that worsens in the morning and when you stand after sitting for long periods. While your feet may feel fine while you’re exercising, plantar fasciitis pain typically worsens right after a workout.
Anybody can get plantar fasciitis, but it’s most common in active individuals who put pressure on their feet, such as runners and dancers. You’re also more likely to get plantar fasciitis if you’re:
Abnormal foot mechanics, such as high arches or flat feet, can also put pressure on your plantar fascia.
The team at Diabetic Foot and Wound Center uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to determine whether you have plantar fasciitis. Typically, a comprehensive evaluation of your foot and medical history is enough to diagnose this common condition.
Additional tests, such as an X-ray or MRI, can also help diagnose and determine the severity of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis typically doesn’t require surgical intervention, but in severe cases, minimally invasive procedures can help repair a damaged or torn plantar fascia.
Rest, ice, and stretching are important for treating plantar fasciitis. The Diabetic Foot and Wound Center team may recommend physical therapy to stretch the plantar fascia and strengthen the muscles in your feet. A night splint can also help stretch the fascia while you sleep.
Custom-orthotics are especially helpful at relieving pain from plantar fasciitis. These specially made shoe inserts support and cushion your heels and arches.
If you think you have plantar fasciitis, call Diabetic Foot and Wound Center, or schedule an appointment online today.