Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue on the bottom of your foot is stretched too far or becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia creates the arch of your foot, connecting the heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis can cause heel pain if the tissue is overused.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
If your plantar fascia tissue is damaged, you may experience some of the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis, including:
- Dull or sharp pain in your heel
- Stiffness on the sole of your foot
- Aching or burning on the bottom of your foot
- Swelling or redness
Symptoms are more common in the morning, while climbing stairs or during vigorous activity, or after sitting, walking, or standing on a hard surface.
If you think you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, you can find personalized care at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. Find an orthopedist or call (702) 616-4900 to learn more.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury, which means that overstretching or overusing this band of tissue (usually from daily activities or conditions of the feet or body) causes the condition.
Daily activities or conditions that can cause plantar fasciitis include:
- Running or walking on hard or uneven surfaces, or running downhill
- Wearing soft-soled shoes or shoes without enough arch support
- Flat feet or high arches in the feet
- Obesity or sudden weight gain
- A tight calf muscle or Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heel
Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV
There are several strategies for the treatment of plantar fasciitis at Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican. Treatment options for heel pain relief include over-the-counter painkillers, an ice pack to the affected foot several times a day, or inserts for shoes to provide more support and make them more comfortable. You can also wear a splint overnight to stretch your foot and help the plantar fasciitis heal.
Other treatments include a boot cast that you wear for several weeks or steroid injections in your heel. Surgery may be an option if other treatments don’t work. Without treatment, plantar fasciitis can become a chronic condition that can affect your knees, hips, or back.
The most important step for preventing this condition is gently stretching the foot to make sure the plantar fascia stays flexible. Other preventive measures include gently stretching the calf muscle and Achilles tendon in the morning and before exercising, as well as wearing shoes with proper support.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican provides care and treatment for plantar fasciitis in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV, as well as other foot and ankle conditions.