Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that causes soreness and discomfort in your heel bone. As an experienced podiatrist, Javeria Hussaini, DPM, understands the impact that plantar fasciitis can have on your ability to move without pain. At her practice in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood of San Francisco, California, Dr. Hussaini uses the latest treatments and techniques to relieve pain and reduce inflammation in your plantar fascia. To learn more, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that stretches from your heel bone to the bottom of your toes. It supports your arches and plays an essential role in the way you walk. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it can cause heel pain and stiffness in your arches.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain and is highly prevalent in athletes and older adults.
Most people with plantar fasciitis experience heel pain, as well as pain in the arches and around the sides of the foot.
You may not realize you’re in pain when running or putting pressure on your feet, but once you stop moving, heel pain and inflammation tends to flare up.
If you have plantar fasciitis, your heels and arches likely feel most painful after a long period of rest. Pain and stiffness in the morning is a common symptom.
Tension and stress on the plantar fascia lead to tiny tears that can cause plantar fasciitis. Repeated stress on this thick band of tissue, such as running, dancing, or playing sports is one of the most common causes of plantar fasciitis.
Other factors that raise your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include:
If you’re in a profession that requires you to stand on your feet all day, such as teaching or working in a factory, it’s important to find comfortable shoes that relieve stress from your plantar fascia.
Dr. Hussaini can treat most cases of plantar fasciitis with conservative therapies. Stretching the plantar fascia and strengthening the muscles surrounding it during physical therapy can help relieve pressure and chronic pain.
Along with physical therapy, Dr. Hussaini may recommend a night splint to gently stretch your plantar fascia while you sleep.
One of the best treatments for plantar fasciitis is custom-fit orthotics. Dr. Hussaini uses a comprehensive evaluation of your feet to determine exactly which areas and pressure points require additional support.
Using this information, she can create custom orthotic inserts to wear inside your shoes for cushioning and support.
If nonsurgical options don’t effectively relieve your pain, Dr. Hussaini can perform a surgical procedure to detach your plantar fascia from the heel bone.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of chronic heel pain. If you’re struggling with pain in your heels and arches, call the center or book an appointment online to get the relief you need.