Heel pain and plantar fascitis are among the most common foot-related complaints, especially among older patients and athletes. At her Manhattan Beach, CA, office, Dr. Matika offers the most advanced care options to help relieve pain and other symptoms so patients feel better.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that develops when the band of connective tissue on the bottom of the foot – the plantar fascia – becomes injured or strained. The plantar fascia provides support for the arch. Plantar fasciitis also tends to occur more frequently as we get older and the collagen that forms the connective tissue begins to naturally break down over time. Improper footwear, gait problems and certain activities like running can also cause plantar fasciitis to develop.
Heel bursitis is another common cause of pain that can mimic the pain of plantar fasciitis. In heel bursitis, a small sac of fluid called the bursa located near the heel becomes injured. Trauma to the bottom of the foot, arthritis of the foot bones, nerve impingement and even knee problems can all cause foot pain which sometimes feels similar to plantar fasciitis. Dr. Matika will consider all these possible diagnoses during your exam and evaluation.
Plantar fasciitis is typically treated with medication to reduce pain and inflammation, as well as special splints or orthotics designed to gently stretch the plantar fascia while providing support to the bottom of the foot. In some cases, steroid injections may be necessary to provide a “jumpstart” for the healing process.
While plantar fasciitis may resolve over time, most patients find they benefit from medical care to ensure the plantar fascia gets the support it needs to heal properly and quickly. What's more, since other conditions can mimic the symptoms of plantar fasciitis, if you have pain along the bottom of your foot, it's important to schedule an exam so Dr. Matika can make sure the problem is being addressed in the best and most effective way possible.
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