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Plantar Fasciitis

Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA

Podiatrists & Podiatric Surgeons located in Memorial, Houston, TX

Plantar fasciitis is not just a runners’ condition: It can affect anyone regardless of their daily level of activity, and it’s a painful condition most noticeable just after you wake up. A proper diagnosis is necessary to confirm plantar fasciitis and rule out other possible conditions. Dr. Jeff Hetman and Dr. Jared Menchin offer comprehensive diagnostic services at Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA in Houston and Katy, Texas, and provides effective treatment solutions for eliminating pain. Call today to schedule your appointment or book one online.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammatory response caused by degenerative irritation of the plantar fascia ligament, the thick band of tissue attaching your heel bone to your toes. This ligament works like a shock absorber to support the arch of your foot. Excessive pressure on the ligament causes inflammation, resulting in heel pain and stiffness.

Pain is most evident after waking up in the morning or after extended periods of inactivity. Plantar fasciitis is often identified by pain in the bottom of the foot, near the heel.

What are the risk factors for plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis can develop without any specific reason, but some factors may increase your risk of developing the condition, including:

  • Age: While people of any age can develop plantar fasciitis, it is most common in people age 40-60.
  • Exercise routines: Running, jumping, aerobic dance, and similar activities place more stress on the heel.
  • Foot structure: Flat feet, high arches, or an uneven gait contribute to an unequal weight distribution and added stress on the ligament.
  • Obesity: The added weight increases the stress on the heel and foot.
  • Career: Occupations that require long periods of standing or walking on hard surfaces can contribute to plantar fasciitis.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Dr. Hetman and Dr. Jared Menchin perform a physical exam and an X-ray. He also assesses your levels of pain to rule out other foot conditions. Numerous nonsurgical treatment options are available for pain relief and to promote the healing of the ligaments, including:

  • Custom orthotics or padding: to cushion the heel
  • Leg stretches: to elongate the plantar fascia ligament
  • Night splint: to keep the foot at a specific angle and prevent ligament contraction
  • Steroid injections: to reduce inflammation and relieve pain

For severe cases of plantar fasciitis, surgical procedures may be necessary, including a plantar fascia release. This method allows Dr. Hetman and Dr. Jared Menchin to release a part of the ligament from the heel bone to reduce tension and stop the pain.

However, he only recommends surgery if nonsurgical treatments have failed. Dr. Hetman and Dr. Jared Menchin will assess your condition and recommend the right course of treatment to meet your needs.

Contact Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA in Houston and Katy, Texas, to schedule your appointment today or book one online.