If you’ve been struggling with plantar fasciitis, come see us here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. We’re specialists in plantar fasciitis treatment in Elgin, IL. There are treatments available to you, and we may be able to do a great deal for you and speed up your recovery. Take the first step and contact us at our clinic today or keep reading to learn more about treatment for your plantar fasciitis.
What is the main cause of plantar fasciitis?
Whenever you walk, your plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot and absorbs shock. Sometimes, tension and stress can become too much and cause the fascia to tear a bit, and repeated stretching or tearing can irritate or inflame the fascia. This may be the primary cause of plantar fasciitis, but in many cases of the condition, the cause isn’t completely clear.
Sometimes there just isn’t an obvious cause of a case of plantar fasciitis, but there may be factors involved like:
- Age – The condition is most common in people between 40 and 60 years old
- Working on the feet – Factory jobs or teaching jobs may require constant walking or standing that can contribute to the condition
- Some exercises – Certain exercises (like running long distances or aerobic dance) put a lot of stress on the heels and the attached tissue, which can contribute to the onset of plantar fasciitis
- The mechanics of the patient’s feet – Flat feet, high arches, or even abnormal walking can put significant stress on the plantar fascia
- Obesity – Extra weight puts extra stress on the plantar fascia
Does plantar fasciitis go away?
It’s definitely a good idea to have plantar fasciitis addressed professionally. Ignoring the condition can eventually lead to chronic heel pain that could complicate your everyday activities for the rest of your life. If you try to treat the condition yourself and try to relieve the pain by walking differently, this can lead to foot, knee, hip, or back complications.
Often, the condition will go away with conservative treatment, generally in several months. Resting, icing, and stretching are examples of conservative treatment. However, this is a long time for a person to deal with the pain and wait for recovery, and sometimes a conservative approach to treatment just isn’t enough. Here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists, we can offer other treatments to relieve pain and decrease recovery time.
What is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis?
There is no single, perfect treatment for plantar fasciitis, but there are many different treatments that can work very well for many patients. At our clinic, some of the treatments we offer include:
- Prescription medications for pain relief and reducing inflammation
- Physical therapy to stretch the plantar fascia and strengthen lower leg muscles
- Athletic taping to support the bottom of the foot
- Night splints to hold the plantar fascia in a lengthened position to promote stretching
- Custom orthotics that help to distribute pressure on the feet more evenly
- Solutions for heel pain
- Steroid injections and other options
Our clinic podiatrists can perform surgery when necessary, but of course, we want to treat you with much simpler options, and it’s likely that a simple option will work for you!
Who can I see about my plantar fasciitis?
You can come see one of our fully capable podiatrists here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists. You’ll find our clinic over at 1750 N Randall Rd #160 Elgin, IL 60123. We invite you to get in touch with us for a consultation with one of our podiatrists! Call us today at (847) 233-1296 or go ahead and book your consultation with us online.
There’s a great deal we can do for you, your condition, and your foot health here at our clinic, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. We look forward to hearing from you soon!