What is plantar fasciitis/heel spur syndrome?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spur syndrome is a bony overgrowth on the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome affect women more than men. They can cause the bottom of the heel and arch to become painful.
- Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome are the most common causes of plantar heel pain.
- 73% of patients with heel pain are diagnosed with either plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome.
- 15% of patients who see a podiatrist complain of heel pain.
- 90% of those who suffer from plantar fasciistis or heel spur syndrome respond to nonsurgical care.
- 83.5% of patients with plantar fasciitis or heel spur syndrome experience pain with first steps in the morning.
- Plantar fasciitis can occur with or without a heel spur present.
CAUSES OF PLANTAR FASCIITIS
- Stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot.
- Muscle imbalance.
- Bone deformity.
- Tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
- Warm up and stretch properly before exercise.
- Wear appropriate shoe gear.
- RICE - rest, ice, compression, and evaluation.
WHAT WILL A PODIATRIC PHYSICIAN DO FOR YOU?
- Perform a physical examination.
- Perform x-ray evaluation.
- Recommend taping
- Prescribe orthotic devices.
- Prescribe appropriate medications.
- Administer injections.
- Perform surgery if needed.