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Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia ligament is a broad, thick and fibrous band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes. This ligament functions to connect muscles to the parts of the foot that move. Overuse of the plantar fascia through walking and other physical activities can result in plantar fasciitis which is one of the most common heel pain conditions. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, call the podiatrist that Las Vegas has trusted for over 3 decades!

Through excessive movement, significant weight gain and pressure, the plantar fascia ligaments can become inflamed which cause a burning, stabbing or aching sensation on the heel and sometimes in the arch of the foot. Other medical conditions such as arthritis and diabetes and wearing incorrect shoes can also contribute to this type of heel pain. Typical symptoms include pain when pressing the inside of the heel, soreness or stinging sensation on the outside borders of the heel or foot possibly due to shifting body weight when walking to avoid the initial pain on the heel, ache when stretching the foot, and severe discomfort when walking or applying pressure to the foot. Usually the pain is worse in the morning after plantar fascia tissues are tightened overnight but eventually eases with movement. However with continued physical activity or long periods of standing, the pain returns during the day.

In most cases, plantar fasciitis can be treated with basic measures without the need for invasive procedures. The pain can be reduced and the condition reversed with the following remedies:

  • Apply ice packs.
  • Rest.
  • Exercise.
  • Medication.
  • Use of orthotic device.

Often, plantar fasciitis can be cured with the simple treatments listed above, however; there are some people who do not respond positively with these treatments and are prescribed with different treatments. Corticosteroid injections, shockwave therapy and surgery are other treatments for plantar fasciitis.

To find out the best remedy for your plantar fasciitis condition, see Dr. Belmont Anderson. Dr. Anderson has extensive experience in diagnosing and successfully treating plantar fasciitis.