Visited other providers with no resolution?
Tried shoe inserts, supportive shoes, or had temporary relief from steroid injections?
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the thick band of tissue called the plantar fascia that stretches along the bottom of your foot from the heel to the toes.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is shaped like a bowstring that supports the arch of the foot, absorbing shock while you walk. With more tension and stress, small tears can occur. When the body starts to heal those tears, small adhesions can form between the fascia and adjacent tendons, muscles or other tissue and cause pain, usually felt in the heel, when the foot is under pressure walking or running.
Common Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
A typical plantar fasciitis symptom is sharp pain on the bottom of your foot close the heel, happening when you step and/or stand. The worst pain can occur in the morning with your fist steps out of bed, when you are standing for a long period time, or standing up after being seated.
Treatment & Tips from Dr. Phipps*
- You are at risk for ongoing heel pain if plantar fasciitis is ignored. This pain could lead you to change how you walk which can result in further foot, knee, hip or back problems in the future.
- Avoid injections, they can make your pain worse and are not treating the core of the problem.
- Do not invest in orthotic inserts until you have spoken with a specialist. A majority of the time, with proper treatment, we can avoid orthotics or inserts.
- Stretches and exercises are usually not helpful if you have had pain for longer than 3 months.
- Dr. Phipps graduated 1st in his class and is an expert at diagnosis and treatment of plantar fasciitis pain.
- With over 10+ years of experience, Dr. Phipps has witnessed many labels given to foot pain and plantar fasciitis. Self-diagnosing your condition or relying on ineffective treatments such as stretching, exercises and massage will only delay the appropriate treatment you need and make your condition worse.
Brief Examples of Treatment
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*Please note that every patient is different. These tips are for educational purposes only, and do not substitute for medical advice. Please consult with a medical or healthcare provider, such as Dr. Phipps, for specific diagnosis and treatment advice.