At Milwaukee Advanced Foot & Ankle Clinic in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Mexton Deacon, DPM, can routinely diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain marked by the inflammation along the bottom of your foot. A thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes. When it becomes inflamed, it can lead to devastating heel and foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is a common injury athletes and avid runners experience.
What are common signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis:
- Stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot or on your heel
- Pain associated with plantar fasciitis right when you wake up in the morning, and it will subside as you get your day started.
- Pain returns after a long period of standing, sitting and then standing or physical activity.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Common causes of plantar fasciitis:
- The type of exercise you frequently engage in
- Being flat-footed and having an abnormal walk or foot mechanics
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Before any treatment, Dr. Deacon first performs a comprehensive physical exam. This is to learn more about your condition and discuss your symptoms with you. After consultation, he will closely work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan.
Usually, he can treat plantar fasciitis with conservative, nonsurgical methods, including custom orthotics for your shoes, physical therapy, and night splints.
If you have a severe heel pain, it is best to call a doctor. You may need surgery to treat plantar fasciitis.
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