Plantar Fasciitis Specialist in Brentwood, CA
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a broad band of tissue that runs across the bottom of each foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain with your initial steps in the morning. Fortunately, Dr. John W. Scivally, DPM, our experienced podiatrist offers a wide range of effective therapies available at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates. Please contact us or book an appointment online for more information. We are located at 2400 Balfour Rd STE 230, Brentwood, CA 94513.
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Typically, plantar fasciitis occurs due to strained plantar fascia ligaments. As a result of this strain, the ligament becomes weak, swollen, and inflamed, resulting in heel and arch pain. There is also the possibility of tiny tears occurring in the ligaments as a result of repeated strain.
Repetitive motion or anything that puts a lot of pressure on the arch of the foot is often the cause of plantar fasciitis. As a result, activities like running, jogging, and walking, or continuing to stand or be on your feet for extended periods of time, can often cause plantar fasciitis.
There are effective treatments for plantar fasciitis that can be done at home along with simple exercises to relieve the pain. In order to treat a condition, rest is essential.
You need to lighten your feet’s load to give your ligament time to heal since plantar fasciitis is caused by repetitive motions and pressure. Consequently, you may need to reduce or modify activities that aggravate your foot.
There are also treatments such as investing in more supportive footwear and orthotics, not walking barefoot, wearing night splints, and strengthening the plantar fascia through targeted exercises.
If you have been using home remedies consistently for a couple of months and are still experiencing pain or the pain is worsening, a doctor may recommend cortisone injections. It may be necessary to perform surgery in more serious cases if conservative treatments have failed.
Pain in the heel can be caused by a variety of conditions, including plantar fasciitis. Based on medical history and examination by a physician, plantar fasciitis can be differentiated from other conditions responsible for heel pain.
It is often mistakenly believed that heel spurs are the only cause of heel pain. Despite their common occurrence, they are nothing more than the bone’s response to traction or pulling forces from the plantar fascia and other foot muscles. There is often no pain associated with heel spurs. It is rare for a spur to become enlarged and problematic enough to require surgery.
The presence of heel spurs can be detected by x-ray. Heel spurs affect one in ten people, but only about 5% of people with heel spurs suffer from foot pain. It is possible to treat plantar fasciitis without removing the spur since the spur is not the cause of the disease, but rather a consequence. Usually, plantar fasciitis is the cause of the pain, and the bone spur is the body’s way of protecting itself.
An inflamed, swollen, and weak ligament between the toes and heel causes Plantar Fasciitis. It manifests as a sharp sensation in the heel (hence the confusion) and is often most severe in the morning when getting up and taking your first step, or after sitting for a long time.
Inflammation in the plantar fascia of the foot is called plantar fasciitis. Pain in the heel is most commonly caused by this condition.
From your heel to your toes, the plantar fascia runs as a strong, fibrous attachment (similar to a ligament). There is a lot of stretch in it, like a thick rubber band. A plantar fascia forms the arch on the bottom of the foot by connecting your foot bones together.
The plantar fascia becomes inflamed when it is overused or stretched too far. Swelling of the plantar fascia can occur as a result of anything that damages it. It is painful to walk or use your foot when it is inflamed. It’s common for people to experience plantar fasciitis on one foot at a time, but it can affect both feet at once as well.
Plantar fasciitis specialists are available at Bay Area Foot and Ankle Associates. For more information, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenaient locations to serve you in Walnut Creek, CA, and Brentwood, CA. We serve patients from Walnut Creek CA, Brentwood CA, Concord CA, Pleasant Hill CA, Pittsburg CA, Antioch CA, Alamo CA, Danville CA, Oakley CA, and surrounding areas.
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