If you find yourself limiting activity levels, limping, or taking more over-the-counter medicines as a result of foot pain, it’s time to seek out treatment options. At Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA, our doctors work with you to examine the structure of your heel and foot to determine whether plantar fasciitis is the cause or another issue could be present. Then, we can explore treatment options to eliminate your pain and positively impact your ability to walk and use your heel.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis begins to impact foot functionality when inflammation impacts the tissue that connects your heel to your toes. The longer this inflammation remains untreated, the more pain it can cause. As the inflammation worsens, your ability to fully use your heel and foot may become impacted. That’s why it’s important to seek treatment as soon as you’re able so we can help you design a plan to eliminate the issue.
Conservative Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
After examining your heel and foot to determine underlying issues, your doctor may begin a conservative treatment plan for your plantar fasciitis. We’ll help you determine the level of rest your foot needs as it heals, any changes you should make to the types of shoes you wear and how often to take anti-inflammatories while icing and stretching your heel. In many cases, conservative treatment is enough to eliminate the negative impact of plantar fasciitis.
Advanced Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
If your heel pain is already advanced or conservative treatments have not eliminated your pain, advanced treatments can be considered. These include custom-made orthotics in your shoes to better support and cushion your heel, a walking cast to protect your heel as it heals, splints to reinforce your foot, and physical therapy. When all conservative treatments have been exhausted, then surgical intervention may be the best option. Our surgeons use a minimally invasive technique, that involves doing the surgery endoscopically. There are only a couple of sutures needed and the patient can be up and walking the next day.