Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common conditions causing heel pain. This condition is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as a stress fracture, tendonitis, arthritis, nerve irritation or, rarely, a cyst. Another common cause of heel pain is Achilles tendonitis. Symptoms include pain along the back of the heel and leg that occur with activities. This pain occurs when there is too much strain to the Achilles tendon. Over time, the tendon fibers may stretch or even tear near their insertion onto the heel bone. Active people with tight tendons are at risk for developing this painful inflammation.
Because there are several potential causes, it is important to have heel pain properly diagnosed. A foot and ankle surgeon is able to distinguish between all the possibilities and to determine the underlying source of your heel pain.
Heel Pain Causes
The most common cause of plantar fasciitis relates to faulty structure of the foot. For example, people who have problems with their arches, either overly flat feet or high-arched feet, are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis.
Wearing nonsupportive footwear on hard, flat surfaces puts abnormal strain on the plantar fascia and can also lead to plantar fasciitis. This is particularly evident when one’s job requires long hours on the feet. Obesity and overuse may also contribute to plantar fasciitis.
Heel Pain Nonsurgical Treatment
Treatment for plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of the specific case of the condition.
If you still have pain after several weeks, come see our podiatrists att Peoria AZ Foot and Ankle Specialists. Our foot doctors may add one or more of these treatment approaches:
When Is Surgery Needed?
Although most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to nonsurgical treatment, a small percentage of patients may require surgery. If, after several months of nonsurgical treatment, you continue to have heel pain, surgery will be considered. Our foot and ankle surgeon at Peoria AZ Foot and Ankle Specialties will discuss the surgical options with you and determine which approach would be most beneficial for you.
No matter what kind of treatment you undergo for plantar fasciitis, the underlying causes that led to this condition may remain. Therefore, you will need to continue with preventive measures. Wearing supportive shoes, stretching and using custom orthotic devices are the mainstay of long-term treatment for plantar fasciitis.