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Diagnosis and Stretches for Plantar Fasciitis Relief

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, occurs when the thick band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed. Diagnosing this condition typically involves a thorough physical examination by a podiatrist, focusing on the affected foot's tenderness and range of motion. Imaging tests such as X-rays or MRI scans may also be utilized to rule out other possible causes of heel pain and confirm the diagnosis. Once diagnosed, incorporating stretching exercises into a daily routine can help alleviate symptoms and promote healing. Simple stretches targeting the calf muscles and the plantar fascia itself, such as calf stretches, towel stretches, and plantar fascia stretches can effectively reduce tightness and discomfort. These stretches should be performed gently and consistently to gradually improve flexibility and reduce strain on the affected tissues. In addition to stretching, lifestyle modifications may be recommended to manage plantar fasciitis and restore foot health. If you have heel pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can offer you treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Jonathan Kletz  from Texas Foot Works. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of our our offices located in Dallas, Athens, and Gun Barrel City, TX . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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