About Plantar Fasciitis

Those who experience pain in the heel of their foot that gradually worsens over time likely have a condition called plantar fasciitis. This common cause of foot pain and stiffness is the result of inflammation in the tissue that connects the bone of the heel to the toes, which is known as the plantar fascia.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

There is not one particular source to this inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, though there are several influential factors, including:

  • Being overweight and/or obese
  • Frequently running long distances or being on your feet for extended periods of time
  • Wearing footwear that does not provide enough support to the foot
  • Having other foot conditions such as flat feet, high arches, etc.
  • Being between 40 and 60 years of age

How The Foot Institute Addresses Foot Pain

Most people will try to manage their foot pain on their own until it becomes severe enough that they finally seek help from a specialist. The best solution to treating this condition is to catch it early on and start implementing strategies to avoid further damage to the individual’s foot.

If you suspect that you may have plantar fasciitis, or if you are experiencing any sort of significant discomfort in your feet, please contact The Foot Institute today at (318) 797-3668 to schedule a consultation.

Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis

By thoroughly evaluating the patient’s symptoms, reviewing their medical history, and completing a physical examination of the affected area, DOCTOR can typically determine whether or not a person is suffering from plantar fasciitis. Additional diagnostic tests including X-ray and MRI technologies are rarely needed to assist in this process, though they may be used if the physician suspects another potential cause of the patient’s discomfort, such as:

  • A fracture of the heel bone
  • Tarsal tunnel syndrome
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Treatment Options in Shreveport, LA

Once a case of plantar fasciitis has been identified, Dr. Angelo Morreale will begin with their recommendations for treatment based on the individual and their particular symptoms.

If the condition was caught early on, then patients are often able to find relief using simple exercises, adequate rest, and by regularly icing the area. Medications may be prescribed if the pain level is high enough, or the foot may need to be temporarily immobilized using a brace, walking boot, or cast. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to repair the plantar fascia and adjust its positioning from the heel bone.