Can I Prevent Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis can be prevented. Some ways to prevent plantar fasciitis include:
- Maintaining a healthy body mass index (BMI).
- Stretching before exercising.
- Moving and stretching after prolonged standing (especially on hard surfaces).
- Resting your feet after exercising and allowing them to recover.
- Wear proper footwear, such as athletic shoes with proper cushioning and arch support. Custom orthotics can provide the cushion and support your feet need with every step!
- Take the time to speak to our podiatrists about any concerns you may have or pain you may be feeling.
If you have—or suspect you have—plantar fasciitis, treat it as you would any other concerning medical issue: with urgency. The sooner you schedule an appointment with our office and speak with our podiatrists, the sooner they can create a customized care plan that can alleviate your symptoms. Plantar fasciitis likely will not go away without implementing behavioral changes and/or seeking professional treatment.
What are My Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis?
There are a couple of different options you will have, and each case of plantar fasciitis can be unique. Our podiatrists have found these to be the best options most of the time.
Rest and Ice
As difficult as it may be to stop participating in activities you enjoy, it’s important to allow your feet to rest, which will, in turn, permit the damaged tissue to heal.
Ice can be helpful in terms of reducing inflammation. Consider freezing a water bottle and then rolling your foot over the bottle for 15-20 minutes several times a day.
A physical therapist can design a proper stretching routine for you. Stretching your plantar fascia and calf muscles should offer relief. You can also count on your physical therapist to recommend other ways to decrease inflammation.
An inflammatory medication called cortisone can be directly injected into the plantar fascia ligament. These shots are designed to lessen your pain and reduce inflammation.
Braces and splints
Braces and splints are another treatment option. Consider investing in a splint that you wear while you sleep. This type of splint stretches your plantar fascia and can reduce the pain you may experience first thing in the morning.
Our podiatrists may also recommend custom orthotics. Custom orthotics are medical devices that you insert into your shoes, and they’re made just for you. They provide the cushioning and support you need and can make it easier to walk, stand, and perform similar physical movements.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons reports that “because more than 90% of patients with plantar fasciitis recover with nonsurgical treatment, surgery is generally reserved for people who have not seen improvement after 12 months of aggressive nonsurgical treatment.”
Surgical options include gastrocnemius recession and partial plantar fascia release. The former is a procedure that involves lengthening the calf muscles, while the latter is a procedure that involves making an incision on the bottom or side of the heel to reveal the place where the ligament meets the bone and cutting it. This cut can help relieve tension within the tissue.
Contact Us Today
If you have heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis. Please don’t ignore the pain or learn to live with it. Plantar fasciitis may influence you to change the way you walk so you can avoid the pain, and this can lead to developing complications in your back, knees, and/or hips. Our trusted and well-respected podiatrists, Dr. Haddad and Dr. Reister, can diagnose the issue, treat your heel pain, and make you feel confident in the variety of treatment options available to you.
Schedule an appointment at Richardson Podiatry Center today so we can determine the treatment options that would work best. Our office is conveniently located at 2001 North Collins Boulevard, Suite 103 in Richardson. We are open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. You can contact us by calling 972-690-5374, or by completing this form on our website. We’ll use our expertise to quickly get you back on your feet!