FAQs about Plantar Fasciitis
Millions of adult Americans experience some form of foot pain during the course of their lives. Indianapolis IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola treats a variety of foot ailments that stretch from the toe to the heel. If you've been having some foot related issues, particularly along the bottom of your feet, learn more about plantar fasciitis and whether this may be the cause behind it.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
There’s a long stretch of fibrous tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot called a plantar fascia. It is the tissue that links your toes to the heel of your foot for proper function when walking and running. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of this tissue that is caused by undue pressure to the plantar fascia. This may be cause by wearing bad shoes, injury or what is called “overpronation”—an incorrect way of walking that causes the foot to flatten about the arch.
What Are Symptoms of this Foot Condition?
The clearest symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain in the heel or heel bone. The pain normally occurs at the place where the plantar fascia connects to the bone, but in some cases can also be felt throughout the bottom of the foot. This sharp pain is felt when standing or walking and is hard to ignore after a while, which is why it’s important to consult with Indianapolis IN podiatrist Dr. Agricola at the earliest sign of a problem.
How Is Plantar Fasciitis Cured?
The most commonly prescribed treatment for plantar fasciitis is to wear orthotics or better shoes. You need shoes that will help you absorb pressure in the right places to reduce the swelling an inflammation. Staying off your feet for a period of time can also help the plantar fascia time to heal. Dr. Agricola may also suggest physical therapy to stretch the feet and toes to promote healing. In some cases, surgery is necessary to repair the tissue.
Schedule a Foot Consultation Today
If you have more questions about plantar fasciitis and what may be causing your foot or heel pain, contact Indianapolis IN podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola today. Go to http://www.prestigepodiatry.com/heel-pain-indianapolis.html and press the “Appointment Request” button to suggest a date and time to go in, or call the office directly at (317) 881-0070.