Common Causes and Treatments
Plantar fasciitis is a slow developing condition that is also called jogger’s heel or plantar fasciosis. It is marked by pain in the heel or bottom of the feet, and it is usually most painful in the morning or after a long resting period. The pain is also activated by bending the foot and toes upward. It may also be activated by tightness in the Achilles tendon. Our specialists at OC Wellness Physicians will provide state-of-the-art integrative care methods help you heal from your plantar fasciitis injury.
Common Conditions and Causes
The cause of plantar fasciitis has not been determined to be any one thing. Overuse can be a factor, suggesting it can be caused by an increase in exercise, but it has also been associated with a sedentary lifestyle and obesity. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by the breakdown of collagen in the foot, micro-tears, and scarring; when swelling is present it is often called plantar fasciosis.
Most cases recover with time and rest or conservative treatments such as stretching exercises, pain medications, or changing activities. For severe cases, more stringent treatments are recommended (see below).
Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The first sign of plantar fasciitis is usually a twinge of sharp pain. Most of the time, patients report that the pain is worse when they first get out of bed in the morning and lessens by walking. Prolonged periods of sitting also trigger the pain when the individual stands up. In rare cases, numbness, tingling, swelling or other types of pain are experienced.
If the pain is ignored, the plantar fascia can rupture. This rupture is marked by a clicking sound, acute foot pain in the sole, and major swelling. To avoid this from occurring, at the first sign of pain call us to schedule your initial health examination. We will go through a detailed health history and determine the root of the pain, before it turns sever.
Plantar Fasciitis Therapy and Treatment Options
The first thing that we will do when you schedule a consultation at Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center is have a wellness provider assess your medical history, lifestyle risk factors, and conduct an examination along the heel bone, sole of the foot, calf muscles, and Achilles tendon. An x-ray might be recommended to rule out stress fractures or other conditions such as bone and heel spurs, which can accompany this condition. Then, we will develop a multidisciplinary treatment program that will start with conservative wellness treatments first and move on to medical therapy as needed. Finally we will recommend an approach that is tailored to your individual lifestyle that will prevent re-injury and maintain mobility.
Most incidents of plantar fasciitis will resolve themselves using at-home, doctor-recommended treatments such as strengthening exercises, supportive footwear or taping, rest, heat / ice, weight reduction, along with the use of over-the-counter NSAID medications such as aspirin or ibuprofen to relieve associated pain and inflammation.
For more serious cases, our pain management team will work with each individual on a case-by-case basis. Surgical options are viewed as a last resort when other treatments have failed. This specialized type of surgery is only considered if the condition has not responded to other treatments after a predetermined period of time.
As with many conditions, maintaining a moderate exercise routine and BMI within the range designated for your height and bone structure is recommended as a preventative measure. Stretching before exercising, and slowly ramping up when doing a new strenuous physical activity or sport is also recommended.
If you live in Huntington Beach, Orange and surrounding areas, give us a call at either of the below locations for an appointment for diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis. We can treat every injury or chronic physical pain whether it is related to age, fitness level, or injury. Because we are a complete wellness clinic and facility, we can prevent time spent at many different clinics, through combining all of our services under one roof we are able to provide you with the very best care. Whether you’re seeking treatment for a specific injury, or would like to develop a plan to get you to a level of optimal health or fitness, the professionals at Orange County Wellness Physicians Medical Center are ready to serve you.