Are you wincing when your feet hit the floor in the morning? Is your exercise routine more difficult due to pain in the bottom of your foot? You may be dealing with plantar fasciitis, a common foot condition that, according to the National Institute of Health, can affect up to 10% of people at some point in their lives. The podiatrists at American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale and Sun City, Arizona - Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas - have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis. They explain more about it here:
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick, taut band of ligament tissue that connects the big toe to the heel. It helps provide support to the arch of your foot (the curve located at the inner middle area) and helps to absorb shock while using your feet to walk, run and stand. Overuse of this ligament can cause it to become weak, which causes inflammation and pain in the heel and bottom of the foot, especially after a long period of rest, like sitting or sleeping.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Your Scottsdale and Sun City podiatrists often treat plantar fasciitis in patients who have recently begun or increased an exercise routine, typically running or walking. People whose jobs require a lot of standing or walking - police officers, restaurant workers and even doctors or nurses - are also at a higher risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Obesity is thought to play a part in this condition as well, as the feet have a difficult time supporting an excessive amount of weight.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
The good news is that for most of our Scottsdale and Sun City patients, plantar fasciitis can be easily managed with conservative treatments. This includes light physical therapy and at-home exercises, supportive footwear and foot splints or shoe inserts. If these methods fail to bring relief, surgery to sever the ligament is effective, but your Scottsdale and Sun City podiatrists will make sure that medical intervention is necessary before proceeding.
If you think you might be dealing with plantar fasciitis, give American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ, a call. We'd be happy to help you "heal" your pain and get you back on your feet!