There are many causes of plantar fasciitis: Wearing inappropriate shoes, walking or running for too long, pregnancy (short term), obesity, tight Achilles tendons, or rolling the feet inward when walking can all lead to plantar fasciitis.
You are also at risk if you have a very active job that involves being on your feet often.
Plantar fasciitis is also slightly more common in women than in men. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain.
The pain is usually most intense when waking from bed or after long periods of rest, when standing or walking for too long, or when climbing stairs.
The treatment for plantar fasciitis will depend on what works best for the patient.
Treatment may be as simple as rest and avoiding walking on hard surfaces. Many will benefit from anti-inflammatory medications, extracorporeal shock wave therapy, surgery (for severe cases), painkillers, ice, stretching exercises, or orthotics.
Physical therapy is an important part of the treatment of plantar fasciitis. It can help stretch your plantar fascia and Achilles’ tendons. Night splints are another treatment that may help stretch your calf and arch of the foot.
Night splints are a type of brace that holds your foot in a flexed position and lengthens the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon overnight.
Speaking with your healthcare professional is imperative for the proper diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis.
We offer ultrasound-guided injections with cortisone, prolotherapy, PRP (platelet-rich plasma) injections, medication, physiotherapy, acupuncture, active exercises, psychotherapy, biofeedback, and assistive devices such as TENS/MET devices, and orthotics for patients who suffer from plantar fasciitis and calcaneal spurs.