Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that occurs when connective tissue on the bottom of the foot called the plantar fascia is irritated or inflamed. The plantar fascia extends from the heel to the ball of the foot and maintains the arch of the foot.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Catonsville, Columbia, and Eldersburg
About Plantar Fasciitis: Treatment and Conditions
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It may be caused by structural problems in the foot, such as flat feet or high arches. Sudden weight gain, obesity, and overuse from prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces may also cause the condition. The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is heel pain that occurs with your first steps out of bed in the morning.
Fortunately, for most people diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, symptoms can be relieved without surgery. Such treatment may include:
- Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or prescription medications
- Cortisone injections
- Custom orthotics
- Night splints
- Stretching exercises at home
- Physical therapy
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) for chronic plantar fasciitis
When is Plantar Fasciitis Surgery Necessary?
While surgery is rarely indicated for plantar fasciitis, Dr. Marc Lipton and Dr. Roberto Brandão may recommend it if your condition does not resolve with conservative treatment within 12 months. Endoscopic plantar fasciotomy is an outpatient surgery that involves cutting, or releasing, the plantar fascia.
The surgeon makes a small incision on both sides of the heel and inserts an endoscope, or miniature camera, in one incision and surgical instrument in the other to release the fascia. After surgery, you will need to keep weight off the foot for two weeks by using crutches, a walker, or knee scooter, followed by limited weight bearing while wearing a walking boot for four weeks. Most patients can return to normal activities about 10 weeks after surgery.
Plantar Fasciitis Doctor in Central Maryland
If you are experiencing plantar fasciitis pain, visit one of our podiatrists at Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland. Call (410) 644-1880 for an appointment or you can use our online form.