Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Fort Worth and Weatherford, TX
Plantar fasciitis can cause such intense heel pain that you might struggle to walk. If you’re having problems getting around because of heel pain, the board-certified, fellowship-trained surgeons at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists in Fort Worth, Texas, can help. They specialize in treating conditions like plantar fasciitis with conservative therapies or advanced surgery for severe cases. To find relief from your heel pain, call Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists today, or book an appointment online.
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation affecting the band of tissue (plantar fascia) extending from your heel to your toes on the bottom of your foot. The tissue first becomes irritated and then inflamed.
The irritation is typically due to repetitive movement of the plantar fascia when it doesn’t have the stability or support it needs. This puts stress on the tissue that leads to micro-injuries (tiny tears) of the fibers. Ongoing stress on the fibers means your body can’t repair the injured tissue.
People with structural problems like flat feet or high arches are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Using footwear that doesn’t provide the proper support when you walk, or running on hard, flat surfaces also strains the plantar fascia, and people doing jobs or activities where they spend long hours on their feet often develop this condition. Obesity may also be a factor.
Plantar fasciitis produces intense pain on the bottom of your heel that sometimes spreads into the arch of your foot. There may be some swelling as well.
Post-static dyskinesia is a feature of plantar fasciitis. It refers to heel pain that is often especially severe when getting up in the morning or after you’ve had a long period of rest.
The pain might improve with motion, then worsen with increased activity and toward the end of the day. Plantar fasciitis pain is also likely to get worse the longer it goes untreated.
As there are many possible causes of heel pain, your provider at Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists uses X-rays, an MRI, or an ultrasound scan to confirm the diagnosis.
The Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists team typically uses nonsurgical treatments to begin with, such as:
If these measures are unsuccessful, your podiatrist may perform plantar fascia release surgery. This outpatient procedure involves cutting into the tissue to release the pressure. Your surgeon may also remove any heel spurs (bony growths) they find.
The Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists team can often perform plantar fascia release using minimally invasive techniques, but may need to use an open approach depending on what’s best for each patient.
If you have troublesome heel pain, call the Trinity Foot & Ankle Specialists team today, or book an appointment online.