The arch of your foot is supported by a strong band of tissue called the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia continually absorbs pressure on the foot, but it can become irritated or inflamed when exposed to excess pressure. This inflammation can develop into a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
If you are experiencing pain or stiffness in your heel, which are common symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you can consult one of the board-certified, fellowship-trained foot and ankle doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers. We have a satellite clinic conveniently located in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where you can receive top-quality care and relief from your condition.
Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis
When you meet with one of our qualified physicians, they will ask you to describe your pain as best as possible. Our foot and ankle specialist will then examine your foot, looking for the following signs before providing plantar fasciitis treatment:
- Tenderness on the bottom of your foot in front of your heel bone
- Heel pain that worsens when you flex your foot and subsides when you point your toes
- A high foot arch
- Limited upward motion of your ankle
Because heels spurs, fractures, and arthritis can share these same symptoms, we may order an X-ray to rule out these other conditions.
Types of Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Conservative plantar fasciitis treatment options are often effective at relieving pain. These include:
- Ice applications
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
- Supportive footwear
In terms of plantar fasciitis treatment, surgical intervention may be necessary in more severe cases, however, it is generally only considered if the condition does not improve after 12 months of conservative treatment.
The foot and ankle doctors at Premier Bone & Joint Centers use the most advanced technology and techniques in providing plantar fasciitis treatment. Contact us today to schedule a visit to our Cheyenne, WY, clinic.