Why Choose Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that, if left untreated, can lead to serious problems. At Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital, our team of specialists is experienced in diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis. Call us today to get back on your feet!
Plantar fasciitis is characterized by the inflammation of the plantar fascia, the thin ligament that connects your heel to your toes and acts as a shock absorbent to the arch of your foot. Plantar fasciitis makes it very painful to walk or move your foot.
Plantar fasciitis is not always easy to treat, merely because the causes can vary widely. Rest, wearing the right shoes, and icing the affected area can all be helpful ways to remedy plantar fasciitis. However, if symptoms do not go away after using these methods, there are some medical treatments you may want to consider with your doctor:
- Corticosteroid shots
- Shock wave therapy
- Surgery – only as a last resort, if other treatments are not effective
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
- After a long rest, you experience severe heel pain
- Heel pain or arch pain when climbing stairs
- Pain when you rest or have rested for a while
Most commonly, patients with plantar fasciitis experience pain after first getting out of bed in the morning or after a long period of rest. The pain can be dull or sharp.
However, the pain is usually relieved after some movement and activity.
Diagnosis of Plantar Fasciitis
Risk Factors for Plantar Fasciitis
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The repeated strain of the plantar fascia, or an incident that exposes the ligament to severe shock, can cause inflammation and stiffness in your heel. There are several factors that could increase the risk of getting plantar fasciitis:
- Rest is one of the most effective treatments
- Icing your heel for 15 minutes may have immediate effects
- Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) act to relieve inflammation and pain
- Physical therapy
- Exercising your foot and lower leg muscles at home, according to the recommendations of a specialist, especially when getting out of bed in the morning
- Wearing more comfortable shoes
- Wearing an arch support in your shoes
- Wearing braces/splints during sleep
|Run-on soft surfaces||
Running on soft surfaces prevents shock to the tendons and ligaments.
|Maintain a healthy weight||
Excessive weight can put pressure on your feet and is often a cause of plantar fasciitis.
It is important not to start an exercise program abruptly. Increase exercise levels gradually and alternate the type of exercise you do.
|Wear comfortable shoes||
Arch support and heel cushioning are essential when walking, standing, or exercising for long periods of time.
Do you suspect you might suffer from plantar fasciitis? Learn more about this condition and how to treat it by getting in touch with our specialists at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital.