What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition characterized pain on the plantar surface or sole of the foot usually at the heel. It is due to Irritation or Inflammation of a tissue in the sole of the foot called the Plantar Fascia. It can be seen with several other types of Inflammatory conditions such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ankylosing Spondylitis.
What are the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
The classic symptom for Plantar Fasciitis includes pain in the heel that is worse with the first few morning steps and improves with activity. This pain may be intense ,sharp, aching or burning and tends to be one-sided.
How is Plantar Fasciitis diagnosed?
Tenderness to palpation at the insertion of the Plantar Fascia on the heel bone known as the Calcaneus are important in diagnosing this condition. The history of heel pain with the first morning steps as well as x-rays which may demonstrate heel spurs all support the presence of this condition.
How is Plantar Fasciitis treated?
Decrease in the activities that worsen the condition, Heel Pads, Arch Supports, ice and specific stretching exercises supervised by a Physical Therapist are multiple modalities that can be used to treat this condition. Medications known as NSAIDs are also useful in the management is condition. Local Injections of Corticosteroids can also be tried.