Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain / Heel Spur

Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute

Podiatrists & Foot Surgeons located in Clinton Township, Chesterfield, Fort Gratiot, East China Township, Shelby Township, Rochester & Macomb, MI

Between dozens of bones and joints, in addition to multiple connective tissues, a lot of issues can arise that can lead to chronic foot and heel pain. But the leading podiatrists at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute offer modern treatment solutions for all causes of foot and heel pain, including plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Schedule an appointment online or call your nearest clinic directly.

Plantar Fasciitis / Heel Pain / Heel Spur Q & A

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition that leads to lingering foot and heel pain. It’s caused by inflammation of your plantar fascia, the long band of connective tissues that link your toes to your heel bone. Your plantar fascia can become inflamed because of:

  • Heel spurs
  • Flat feet
  • High arches
  • Excess body weight

While anyone of any age can develop plantar fasciitis, it most commonly affects adults between the ages of 40-60, especially if you work in a field that requires you to be on your feet all day.

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis leads to severe, stabbing foot and heel pain, although the discomfort you feel generally occurs after long periods of rest. For instance, plantar fasciitis sufferers usually explain that their condition flares up first thing in the morning, or after sitting for long periods. The more you start moving, the more pain starts to subside.

Plantar fasciitis soreness and tenderness can also flare up after long periods of activity. You’re more likely to have plantar fasciitis pain after exercise, but not during exercise. Whether plantar fasciitis seems to affect you regularly or just occasionally, you have plenty of treatment options available at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Your plantar fasciitis treatment plan from Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute usually involves a combination of treating your current flare-up, while also preventing future discomfort. Plantar fasciitis treatment plans can include:

  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Cortisone injections
  • Tenex® procedure
  • Corrective shoes

If these conservative plantar fasciitis therapies aren’t effective for you, or if your plantar fasciitis and heel pain are worsening, it might be time to consider surgery. Your dedicated podiatrist at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute can use minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques to remove heel spurs, release your plantar fascia, or repair damaged tissues, so you can experience lasting relief.

Before your plantar fasciitis and heel pain get worse, start treatment at Great Lakes Foot and Ankle Institute. Book your evaluation online or over the phone with your closest clinic.


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