Wondering if you have plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the band of tendon-like tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. The condition is caused by straining the ligament that supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is treatable by medical professionals. Led by Dr. Jeffrey Agricola, Prestige Podiatry (offices in Carmel, IN, and Indianapolis, IN) offers a full range of podiatric services to their patients. Here are 4 signs that you may have plantar fasciitis.
1. Foot Pain: Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot. Many people describe the pain as feeling like an ache or a bruise. The pain may develop gradually and worsen over time. The pain may be worse after you step out of bed in the morning, although it can also be triggered by standing over prolonged periods or rising from sitting. The pain is typically worse after (but not during) exercise or other activity.
2. Stiffness: Plantar fasciitis can cause stiffness and limited range of motion of the foot. Climbing stairs can be difficult due to stiffness in the foot. Physical therapy is an important part of plantar fasciitis treatment. Physical therapy can reduce stiffness, as well as improve range of motion, making you more mobile.
3. Numbness: Plantar fasciitis can cause numbness in the bottom of the foot. If you experience numbness in your foot, you may have little or no sensation. Numbness of the foot can also occur because of nerve damage, an injury, and poor circulation to the foot (such as with diabetes).
4. Inflammation: Plantar fasciitis is associated with inflammation and warmth on the bottom of the foot. The inflammation is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. There may also be tenderness of the bottom of the heel. The key to a proper diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is an examination by a podiatrist.
Whether your goal is getting back to the office, the gym, sports, hobbies, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Call one of Prestige Podiatry's offices today to schedule a consultation with our Indianapolis podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Agricola- 317-846-4111- Carmel, IN; 317-881-0070- Indianapolis, IN. Our state-of-the-art plantar fasciitis treatments will do you a world of good.