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About Plantar Fasciitis

An estimated two million Americans seek treatment for plantar fasciitis heel pain every year. In Memphis, Tennessee, Midsouth Independent Group (MIG) providers offer comprehensive diagnostic testing and treatment plans for plantar fasciitis. The podiatry specialists customize care plans that focus on long-term heel pain relief. They use medications, physical therapy, and steroid injections, so you can get back to your physically active lifestyle as soon as possible. Contact a Midsouth Independent Group provider today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis describes inflammation in the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes.

When you make repetitive movements, stop short suddenly, or run on hard surfaces, that can inflame the tissues or cause a tear. That leads to persistent heel pain that can worsen over time.

Other risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

  • Aging

  • Obesity

  • Bone spurs

  • Flat feet

  • High arches

Anyone who works on their feet all day may also be prone to heel pain from plantar fasciitis.

When should I seek treatment for plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis-related heel pain often starts out mild and occurs occasionally. As you continue to irritate the plantar fascia tissue, your heel pain can worsen and feel like a persistent stabbing pain that’s worse in the morning.

You may also notice your heel pain worsens after you stand or sit for a long period of time or after you exercise or engage in other physical activities.

When you can no longer manage chronic heel pain on your own, visit an MIG podiatry specialist for a diagnostic evaluation. They offer comprehensive foot and ankle exams, X-rays, and other diagnostic imaging tests to identify inflammation and tears in your plantar fascia.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Treatment plans for plantar fasciitis vary based on the severity of your symptoms, your age, and your medical history.

Generally, you can expect to manage your heel pain with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers and anti-inflammatories. If oral medications aren’t working well, injections into the soft tissue can help relieve pain.

Your MIG provider may also suggest physical therapy and at-home exercises that help stretch out the soft tissues in your legs and feet. Custom orthotics can relieve pressure on your heel, so you can walk comfortably. You may also need to wear a splint or brace to help tissue tears heal.

Your MIG provider also discusses your options for other non-surgical and surgical treatments to help you find long-term relief of plantar fasciitis pain and mobility issues.

For plantar fasciitis treatment, contact a Midsouth Independent Group provider today.