Plantar Fasciitis

Tri-County Foot Care

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Brighton, MI; Livonia, MI; Sterling Heights, MI; Troy, MI; Taylor, MI; and Trenton, MI

If you’re a long-distance runner, you’ve probably come across plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain. However, this inflammatory condition can affect anyone. Board-certified podiatrists Lee K. Gold, DPM, and Ignazio D. Perna, DPM, can help you get back on your feet after plantar fasciitis. They have six convenient office locations throughout the Detroit metropolitan area, in Brighton, Livonia, Sterling Heights, Trenton, Taylor, and Troy, Michigan. Schedule an appointment online or over the phone today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It’s an inflammation of your plantar fascia, the ligament that connects your heel bones to your toes.

Your plantar fascia is a shock absorber and supports the arches of your feet. If you put too much stress, or tension, on your feet, the plantar fascia tissue may develop small tears.

Plantar fasciitis is common among distance runners, especially if they include other forms of exercise along with running. However, the condition can affect anyone, even people who aren’t physically active.

You may put excess stress on your heels and develop plantar fasciitis if:

  • You’re overweight or obese
  • You have a job that requires you to stand for hours on end such as teaching, nursing, or factory work
  • Your shoes don’t provide enough support

Plantar fasciitis is most common among people between the ages of 40 and 60. If you have flat feet or high arches, you may naturally place excess pressure on your heels, increasing your likelihood of developing the condition.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis usually affects one foot, although it can affect both at the same time. The telltale symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp, stabbing pain in the sole of your foot. This pain is the worst when you take your first steps out of bed in the morning, or after a long rest, and then it fades.

You may feel pain after a run or workout, but not during it. You may be tempted to ignore plantar fasciitis in its early stages because the pain doesn’t interfere with exercise. However, without treatment, the pain gets worse, and eventually, you feel pain whenever you stand or walk.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Gold and Dr. Perna examine your foot to locate your heel pain and check for areas of tenderness. They may also have you perform stretches so they can assess the health of your plantar fascia. This is usually enough to confirm a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, but they may order an X-ray or MRI to rule out a stress fracture or other causes of heel pain.

Plantar fasciitis usually goes away within a few months with conservative treatment, including:

  • Icing your heel
  • Physical therapy, including gentle stretches
  • Wearing a night splint
  • Over-the-counter pain relievers and injections of cortisone as needed

You usually don’t have to stop exercising while you heal from plantar fasciitis, but you may need to take a break from running. To relieve stress on your feet, the doctors may recommend activities such as swimming and cycling. Mixing up your exercise routine can also prevent plantar fasciitis from coming back in the future.  

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Gold or Dr. Perna online or over the phone.