If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, chances are that no matter how much you want relief, surgery would not be your first choice. At Gentle Professional Foot Care, it’s not our first choice either. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the long ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed causing heel pain, burning or numbness in the heel. Fortunately, there are several conservative treatment options for this disorder.
The first step is getting your condition evaluated by our podiatrists, Dr. Charles A. Suleskey. The foot doctor will want to examine your feet and get a complete medical history as well as ask questions about your recent activities and lifestyle. X-rays (which can be done right in our Venice office) and other diagnostic imaging studies may be ordered to rule out other conditions.
Once the podiatrist has confirmed a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis, one or more of the following non-invasive treatments may be prescribed depending on the underlying cause and severity of your discomfort:
Medications—to relieve pain and inflammation, oral nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen may be suggested.
Icing—an ice pack wrapped and placed on your heel for 20 minutes a few times a day may reduce pain and swelling.
Orthotics—a custom orthotic to wear in your shoes can help correct arch and other structural issues that are aggravating the plantar fascia.
Stretching exercises and physical therapy--these can help stretch the calf muscles and relieve pain.
Night splint—while you sleep, the plantar fascia can tighten up and this is why the first steps of the morning can be so difficult. A night splint helps keep the plantar fascia extended through the night.
Taping and strapping—this can help provide better support for the foot and reduce the stress on the plantar fascia.