Heel Pain (Plantar Fasciitis)
Do you have heel pain when you first get on your feet that disappears after a few steps, only to return later?
You may be one of the millions of Americans suffering from plantar fasciitis, a common condition that doesn’t go away on its own.
Let the podiatrists at North County Foot & Ankle Specialists in Escondido, CA, put the pain behind you and restore your mobility...
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. About 2 million patients are treated every year. This degenerative condition happens when the plantar fascia, the strong band of tissue that runs from your heel bone to your toes, becomes irritated and inflamed.
This degenerative condition is most often caused by repetitive strain to the ligament. This can happen due to excessive running or walking, exercises that place stress on the heel, or poor footwear. This repetitive stress causes micro-tears and inflammation in the plantar fascia. Many people suffering from plantar fasciitis have heel spurs, but doctors now believe that heel spurs are the result of plantar fasciitis, not the cause.
Do You Have Plantar Fasciitis? Get Help Understanding the Problem
Dr. Jason Morris at North County Foot & Ankle Specialists in Escondido, CA, understands how frustrating recurring heel pain is for patients. They take a patient-first approach to determine the treatment that best suits your needs and are trained in all aspects of foot and ankle pathology.
Dr. Morris, who has 10 years of experience, is a podiatric foot and ankle specialist with board certification in rearfoot and forefoot reconstructive surgery.
Our Patient-First Approach
"Patient-first" means that we consider every treatment option to find the one that best suits your needs.
Our doctors start by exploring the most conservative options that will treat your case, but we are also skilled in using cutting-edge techniques for complex cases. Dr. Morris specializes in using advanced orthobiologics, such as stem cells, to boost healing in select cases.
Don't let foot pain prevent you from enjoying life to its fullest.
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What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
People with plantar fasciitis typically feel a stabbing pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel. The throbbing is usually worst just after getting out of bed in the morning or after a period of sitting.
While the stinging often disappears after a few minutes of walking, the scenario repeats itself the next time you rest. Or if you happen to spend a prolonged period on your feet, the pain returns and worsens. Symptoms include:
- Pain on the bottom of the heel or arch
- Pain that is usually worse upon arising
- Pain that increases over a period of months
- Stiffness, tenderness, and swelling
Why You Should Get
Heel Pain Diagnosed
While plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, there could be other reasons your foot is sending you urgent warnings. You could have a stress fracture, Achilles tendinitis, or Bursitis, to name a few.
Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have your foot properly diagnosed. If plantar fasciitis is suspected, our board-certified podiatrists at North County Foot & Ankle Specialists in Escondido, CA, may use ultrasound to confirm the diagnosis since soft tissue injuries are difficult to identify with traditional x-rays.
How to Treat Plantar Fasciitis
If it is detected early, most cases can be treated at home with rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, and stretching exercises for the calves and plantar fascia. For more advanced cases, our doctors may recommend:
- Custom orthotic shoe inserts
- Night splints
- Physical therapy
- Orthopedic stem cell treatment
- Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) treatment
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
Surgery is a last resort and is only considered if a year of aggressive nonsurgical methods has not provided relief.