Chronic heel pain is the first indication you have plantar fasciitis. At Reform Ortho & Sports Rehab in Farmers Branch, Texas, you can receive an onsite evaluation of your heel pain to confirm plantar fasciitis from experienced physiotherapist and chiropractor Travis Mann, DC. Dr. Mann specializes in custom treatment plans for chronic heel pain and even offers referrals for surgery. Find out more about available treatments for plantar fasciitis by calling the office or by requesting an appointment online today.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that develops when the thick band of tissue that extends across the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. This tissue, known as the plantar fascia, connects your toes to your heel bone.
The plantar fascia absorbs the shock of your movements. When you put too much stress or pressure on the tissue, it develops tears that cause chronic tissue irritation and inflammation.
While anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, your risk for the condition increases due to factors like:
You are also at increased risk for plantar fasciitis if you spend long hours on your feet due to your job or hobbies. Athletes are prone to plantar fasciitis because of the repetitive movements required of many sports.
The hallmark symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain that develops near the heel in the bottom of your foot. Dr. Mann typically confirms a plantar fasciitis diagnosis based on your symptoms.
You can expect a physical examination of your foot, and Dr. Mann may ask you to walk or perform other movements to evaluate the location of your pain. He also assesses how pain affects your ability to stay active.
Based on the severity of your pain and how plantar fasciitis affects the quality of your life, Dr. Mann creates a treatment plan to alleviate pain and prevent a worsening of the injury.
Initially, Dr. Mann may recommend over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain relievers to keep you comfortable. He may perform manual stretching exercises on your foot to strengthen the surrounding muscles and alleviate pressure on the ligaments.
Treatment plans for plantar fasciitis typically involve a combination of physiotherapy and therapeutic exercises. Dr. Mann may also suggest orthotic devices that you wear in your shoes to take excess pressure off your plantar fascia.
In some cases, severe pain that interferes with walking and your usual routine needs treatment with steroid injections or surgery. Dr. Mann evaluates your needs and refers you to a specialist for additional treatment if needed.
If stabbing heel pain affects your quality of life, don’t delay treatment. You can schedule a consultation at Reform Ortho & Sports Rehab today using the online booking feature or by calling the office.