Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition consisting of inflammation and micro-tears to the plantar fascia – the thick band of tissue along the sole of the foot connecting the heel to the toes. Pain is generally felt near the heel on the bottom of the foot and tends to be worse first thing in the morning. The main symptoms include foot pain, heel pain, or Achilles tendon stiffness/soreness that can significantly alter daily activities. Plantar fasciitis is most commonly caused by a repetitive overuse injury to the muscles in the calf (gastrocnemius and soleus) and/or ligament of the sole of the foot. This type of strain may be attributed to excessive running, walking, standing, poor gate, and even prolonged sitting. Plantar fasciitis is diagnosed based on the history of the condition as well as a physical examination that includes range of motion tests to identify any deficiencies within the joints related to the foot and ankle.
At Advanced Physical Medicine at Bell District we use a variety of treatment protocols that can help eliminate your pain and get you back on your feet.