Symptoms: Plantar fasciitis is recognized by foot pain when first standing up in the morning or after a long period of sitting. The pain is mostly felt just in front of the heel bone, but can spread over the entire bottom of the foot. If left untreated, the inflammation can lead to the formation of scar tissue, calcium deposits and even heel spurs, a bony growth that causes shooting pains with every step.
Overview: Plantar fasciitis often affects people who have other foot conditions, in particular those with pes planus (flat feet) and over-pronation in their step. Both of these conditions create excess stress on the plantar fascia and can turn into a mild form of plantar fasciitis.
There are a number of factors can exacerbate plantar fasciitis in those with these preexisting conditions. Some factors may cause plantar fasciitis by themselves. Among those susceptible to plantar fasciitis are nurses, teachers, waiters, clerks as well as athletes who participate in aerobics, volleyball, running, basketball and tennis.
Many other factors also put excess stress on the feet which may cause or at least contribute to plantar fasciitis. Improper footwear, sudden strenuous activity after long-term inactivity, walking on hard or uneven surfaces, abnormal walking patterns, muscle imbalances, weak foot muscles, and obesity are among the main causes. The plantar fascia is a band of connective tissue surrounding the muscles on the bottom of the foot. It runs from the heel to the forefoot, and connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot. It supports the arch, protects the foot and absorbs shock. Anything that strains the plantar fascia may lead to irritation, inflammation and severe pain.
How Dr. Starler treats your plantar fasciitis will depend on the results of an examination to determine which factors caused your troubles. There are many different techniques to care for plantar fasciitis. No two cases of plantar fasciitis are alike so it is difficult to predict how long it will take for your foot to heal. Once Dr. Starler determines the underlying cause or causes, she will be able to develop a management program that will quickly decrease inflammation, which is the first step to decreasing pain.