ORTHOPAEDIC SURGICAL CONSULTANTS
Orthopedics, Physical Therapy, & Podiatry located in Merrillville, IN
If you have ongoing or severe heel pain, you might have plantar fasciitis. At Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants in Merrillville, Indiana, board-certified orthopaedic specialists diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis to get you back on your feet without pain. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book a consultation online today.
Plantar Fasciitis Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes heel pain. It occurs when the thick tissue bands that run across the bottom of your feet get inflamed. Treatment with the experts at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants can offer you the relief you desire.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Heel discomfort
- Stabbing pain
- Dull aching discomfort
- Discomfort when standing
- Pain when getting up from sitting
- Discomfort during exercise
Complications that can occur with untreated plantar fasciitis might include severe pain that prevents you from completing normal, everyday activities or staying active.
If you alter your foot positioning to avoid plantar fasciitis discomfort when walking around, you could also develop back, hip, knee, or foot issues.
What are the risk factors for plantar fasciitis?
The cause of plantar fasciitis isn’t always clear, and it can happen to anyone. However, some factors boost your risk of developing it. Examples include:
- Being 40-60 years old
- Long-distance running
- Ballet or aerobic dancing
- Having high foot arches
- Jobs that keep you on your feet
Ways to reduce your risk of developing plantar fasciitis include maintaining an ideal body weight, using good form during exercise, avoiding repetitive activities, and seeing the specialists at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants at the first sign of foot or heel discomfort.
How does my doctor diagnose plantar fasciitis?
To determine if you have plantar fasciitis and develop an effective treatment plan, the experts at Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants check your vital signs, ask you about your symptoms, and evaluate your feet during a physical exam. They check for foot tenderness and might recommend that you undergo X-rays, MRIs, or other imaging procedures.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
Common treatments for plantar fasciitis discomfort include:
- Icing painful areas
- Wearing comfortable shoes
- Stretching your foot arches
- Maintaining a healthy body
- Physical therapy
- Night splints
- Athletic taping
- Walking boots
- Sound wave therapy
- Ultrasound tissue repair
Your Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants provider may recommend you try more than one type of treatment for plantar fasciitis. They personalize each treatment plan to match your preference, needs, and lifestyle.
To find out if you have plantar fasciitis or get treated for it, call the Orthopaedic Surgical Consultants office or schedule an evaluation online today.