Spring is reportedly the season when plantar fasciitis flare ups often occur. Dr. Raj Bhardwaj, a Canadian doctor, states that the nicer weather is what prompts people to step outside of their houses and walk to destinations. Often times, people are walking hard concrete. Walking too much or suddenly increasing distance can also add to the likelihood of plantar fasciitis to occur. Those who frequently walk or run outside should not be wary of the possibility of developing the condition.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, visit Dr. Eric J. Abrams, DPM of Foot and Ankle Affiliates of Central NJ. Our doctor can treat your heel pain as well as any other foot or ankle condition.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of a the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
· Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
· Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and is usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
· Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices, located in Toms River and Eatontown, NJ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.