Almost everyone will experience plantar fasciitis (heel pain) at some point in their lives. For many, it is mild and resolves quickly. However, for some it is very painful especially in the morning when you first get out of bed or going to stand after sitting for a while. There are many effective ways to treat plantar fasciitis. At Sports Health Northwest, we want to work with you to tailor a treatment plan to fit your needs, helping you recover fully from the pain associated with this condition.
- Plantar fasciitis
o Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain in adults. In the U.S., plantar fasciitis is thought to be responsible for approximately 1 million visits to the doctor each year.
o Almost everyone will experience plantar fasciitis (heel pain) at some point in their lives. The most common age range is ages 40-60, and sometimes earlier in younger runners.
o It’s thought that some risk factors for this condition include prolonged standing, jumping, flat arches, being overweight, and ankle stiffness. It is unclear if having a heel spur increases the risk of plantar fasciitis.
o A sports injury doctor can diagnose the problem based on the history of pain and location of tenderness on exam. At Sports Health Northwest, our sports injury specialist can also utilize ultrasound to look for thickening and tearing of the plantar fascia to help confirm diagnosis especially in individuals with chronic symptoms.
o For many individuals, plantar fasciitis is mild and resolves quickly. However, for some it is very painful and frustrating especially in the morning when you first get out of bed or going to stand after sitting for a while. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to non-surgically treat plantar fasciitis.