According to statistics, approximately 2 million people in the United States complain of heel pain due to plantar fasciitis – a condition that causes inflammation of the fibrous band of tissue that spans across the arch of the foot called the plantar fascia.
If you think you may be one of these people, read on to learn about what might be causing your condition as well as the treatment options available for it.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The exact cause of plantar fasciitis is not entirely understood; however, the condition is believed to occur due to repeated stress and tension on the plantar fascia, which ultimately leads to irritation or inflammation.
Plantar fasciitis is most common among the following groups of people:
- People between the ages of 40 and 60
- Those who engage in long-distance running; or do ballet dancing or aerobic dance
- Those who have flat feet
- Those who have excess weight problems
- Those whose occupations involve prolonged walking or standing on hard surfaces
Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis
In most cases (about 90 percent), R.I.C.E. therapy is all that is necessary for plantar fasciitis:
- Rest – Taking a break from activities that put repetitive strain on the feet.
- Ice– Putting ice on the bottom of the foot, 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off to reduce swelling.
- Compression – Wrapping the foot with an elastic bandage is essential for support and symptom relief.
- Elevation –Raising the affected foot above the level of the heart helps move fluids away from the lower extremity.
Other treatments include wearing customized shoe inserts (orthotics) to support and correct gait issues. Even simple over-the-counter heel cups protect people who walk heavily on their heels.
If your symptoms persist, your foot doctor (podiatrist) may recommend shockwave therapy – a noninvasive, in-office treatment that involves the use of a handheld device that delivers shock waves into the area to stimulate blood circulation, boost collagen production and, ultimately, facilitate healing.
First-Rate Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in South Texas
If you’re in search of a reliable foot doctor in South Texas, consider one of ours here at The Podiatry Group of South Texas. Our podiatrists are highly credentialed and have extensive experience, which means whatever your foot or ankle problem – whether plantar fasciitis, bunion, or fracture – you can trust them to get you moving freely again.
To book an appointment, contact us at (210) 227-8700 or fill out this request form. We’re eager to serve you at one of our convenient locations: in San Antonio, Boerne, Hondo, Floresville, Kenedy, Uvalde, or Live Oak! We also offer virtual visits, so you can have access to our personalized care when an in-office appointment is not possible!