Ligament Pain & Strain in the Foot Arch
One of the most common complaints in the podiatry office is heel pain. There are many causes to heel pain, but the most common is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the band of ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot, the plantar fascia. Any change in activity such as increased activity, change in shoes or inserts, or an increase or decrease in weight can cause the fascia to become bothersome.
Most Common Causes & Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The cause of plantar fasciitis is increased strain and stress along the plantar fascia beyond the normal wear. Inflammation forms along the plantar fascia, which causes pain. The most common location of the pain is along the heel bone where the plantar fascia band originates. Patients can also experience pain along the band of fascia itself. In some cases, patients will experience a loss of support in the arch of the foot, resulting in the inability to walk.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments & Pain Relief
Plantar fasciitis can be treated with many modalities. Stretching and icing are two common conservative options along with oral anti-inflammatories, oral steriods and inserts or orthotics. Sometimes a cortisone injection is warranted as the inflammation is causing severe pain. After periods of failed conservative treatment, surgery may be needed. This would entail releasing the plantar fascia to release the strain along the heel.