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COMPLETE AND COMPREHENSIVE Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is one of the orthopaedic health conditions that cause the problem of heel pain. An individual can experience inflammation of a thick band of tissue that moves all over the foot bottom. Further, it adjoins the heel bone to the toes which is known as the plantar fascia.

Plantar fasciitis causes the problem of throbbing pain when a person begins his/her day with the first steps in the morning.

If you are also experiencing the problem every day then you will notice that after you get up and try moving, the pain usually begins to decrease.

However, the pain returns if you stand for a long term and sometimes it becomes unbearable as well.

This orthopaedic health problem is usually experienced by individuals who are in sports or people who are overweight.

Plantar fasciitis Causes

One of the primary plantar fasciitis causes is putting too heavy pressure, stretching damages, and inflammation. However, there are no noticeable causes for certain cases, and are at a high risk of getting plantar fasciitis:

  • An individual has flat feet or high arches.
  • When an individual is wearing shoes regularly that don’t support the feet.
  • If a person is overweight.
  • Athletes are also at risk of developing plantar fasciitis pain.
  • Runners and jumpers may also experience the problem.
  • When an individual is regularly exercising on a hard surface.
  • An individual doesn’t sit and stands for a longer period.

Plantar fasciitis symptoms

The usual plantar fasciitis symptoms patients can experience are dull and throbbing pain in their feet. There are other symptoms as well such as:

  • Experiencing pain in the heel bottom or adjoining areas.
  • The foot arch is always the targeted area and a patient needs to get in touch with the doctor for a plantar fasciitis cure.
  • Patients observe unbearable pain as soon as they get up in the morning and also when they are standing for a prolonged time.
  • The heels of patients are always swollen.
  • Pain doesn’t go away easily and lasts for months.

When to seek help?

If you have been experiencing plantar fasciitis pain for a long period, particularly more than two weeks, it is recommended to get the diagnosis done. You should not delay the visit to a general practitioner. You must even consider visiting the doctor at the first onset of symptoms.

They will recommend a plantar fasciitis cure and you must see him/her again if you don’t see any improvement within the period of six to eight weeks. Plantar fasciitis is a condition that doesn’t go away on its own hence one must not avoid medical help.

Make sure to follow the advice of your healthcare provider if you want relief from the pain.

Plantar fasciitis diagnosis

The plantar fasciitis diagnosis will be initiated by your doctor after assessing your clinical history. They will begin with performing the physical evaluation of your foot. If you observe pain after putting pressure on your feet, then plantar fasciitis is the problem.

The primary red flags of plantar fasciitis are a problem with raising toes, losing the feeling of the foot, and tingling feelings.

There are other conditions as well that doctors consider when an individual reports pain in the foot. These conditions are tendinitis, arthritis, stress fracture, heel cyst, and a fracture.

The doctor will recommend following tests to identify other probable reasons so that they are certain before prescribing medicine for plantar fasciitis. The tests involve bone scans, magnetic resource imaging (MRI), ultrasound, and X-rays.

Plantar fasciitis treatment

People who have the health condition of plantar fasciitis can see improvements within a few months after following the home remedies. These remedies are useful in the plantar fasciitis cure:

  • Include shoes that are well-cushioned in your daily routine. Avoid wearing footwear like sandals, heels, flip-flops, etc. It is because they don’t have arch support.
  • Keep stretching the calf muscles frequently.
  • Make sure to include the right shoe inserts. You can also involve the use of foot orthotics that are customized.
  • The tightness can cause plantar fasciitis pain more so involves the use of a night splint in the calf muscle.
  • You can also use a cold compress around three to four times a day.
  • Don’t get involved too much in exercise till the problem doesn’t go away.
  • You can also take over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen and other anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Make sure to maintain a healthy weight to avoid plantar fasciitis pain.

There are outpatient plantar fasciitis treatments as well that are:

  • Steroid injections are also known as cortisone.
  • Stretching and physical activities through therapy.
  • There is a therapy named extracorporeal shockwave therapy. It helps with the stimulation of the healing process, although the procedure is not used that commonly.
  • Get in touch with the foot specialists or orthopaedic surgeon for suggestions.

In case, if any of the treatment is not working for you then your doctor might prescribe plantar fasciitis surgery as well. There are two types of surgery which includes gastrocnemius recession and plantar fascia release.

Why choose RBH for plantar fasciitis cure?

Rukmani Birla Hospital, Jaipur is a multi-specialty hospital established to advance the finest quality clinical care on an international scale. With a team of expert and experienced doctors, we aim to offer our guidance to the patients when it comes to the exceptional arrangements of clinical care.

We have envisioned a completely unique way for the health of the nation and medical services. We are emphasising on the aim of healthy India and delivering quality healthcare through a team of compassionate clinical professionals.

Our team constantly makes efforts to ensure that the services are accessible and economical to every patient.

We have a department of orthopaedics that is integrated with the team of the best orthopaedic surgeons. They not only have years of experience in their fields but also are highly skilled.

The team is very much compatible with the state-of-the-art technology that we have incorporated into our hospitals for the best outcome.

So, if you are observing the plantar fasciitis symptoms for a long time, there is no way you must delay visiting the doctor. You can easily book your appointment with us either by calling or directly you can visit the hospital.

FAQs

Does plantar fasciitis go away permanently?

No, for some people there is no plantar fasciitis cure. They might never recover from this condition and that entirely depends on the anatomy of the foot and whether they are responding to the treatment. However, the good part is usually people with this problem recover if they are following appropriate rest and the treatment given by the doctor.
 

Does ice benefit in treating plantar fasciitis?

Ice is not a plantar fasciitis treatment but a useful remedy to treat the pain and reduce swelling or inflammation. You can use a frozen water bottle and can massage it on the foot bottom and other areas.
 

Should you visit the doctor when observing plantar fasciitis?

Some people can find the solution with the right home remedies for plantar fasciitis. However, this idea doesn’t apply to every individual as there are people who require clinical attention even after involving the best home remedies.

So, if the plantar fasciitis symptoms are not going away and if already more than 2-4 weeks have passed then you should not delay the doctor's visit.
 

Are there any types of plantar fasciitis?

There aren’t specific plantar fasciitis types but are classified into two categories that are acute and chronic. The acute type is a condition that can be triggered due to a particular injury whereas the chronic type gets worse with time.

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