Plantar Fasciitis

Central Oregon Spine & Sports, LLC

Pain Management & Sports Medicine located in Bend, OR

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common orthopedic complaints, and can be incredibly painful to live with. At Central Oregon Spine & Sports in Bend, Oregon, Philip Wallace, MD, offers a wide range of safe and effective techniques to rehabilitate his patients with plantar fasciitis and help them find pain relief. To learn more about how Dr. Wallace can get you back on your feet, schedule an appointment online or by phone today.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects your plantar fascia and causes acute pain in the bottom of your heel. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot and is instrumental in helping you walk. It runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heel to the front of your foot.

The primary symptom of plantar fasciitis is a pain on the bottom of your heel, but some people also experience pain in the bottom of their midfoot. Plantar fasciitis can affect one or both feet, and can cause both dull and sharp pains and a burning sensation on the bottom of your foot.

The pain from plantar fasciitis is usually worse in the morning when you take your first steps or after you’ve been off your feet for a while.

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis happens when too much stress is placed on your plantar fascia, causing little tears in the tissue and ligaments. Those tears lead to irritation and inflammation, which results in the heel pain and stiffness associated with the condition.

Your plantar fascia are the shock absorbers of your feet, and they experience a lot of wear and tear in your daily activities. There are certain factors that can put you at a higher risk for developing plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • Being overweight
  • Running long distances
  • Working an active job that requires you to be on your feet all day
  • Structural issues in your foot, like high arches or flat feet
  • Tight Achilles tendons

Plantar fasciitis can even be caused simply by wearing bad shoes that have soft soles and poor arch support. Men and women that are active and between the ages of 40-70 are at the highest risk for developing plantar fasciitis, and it generally occurs in women more than men.

How can I treat my plantar fasciitis?

Dr. Wallace uses regenerative medicine to help his patients quickly and effectively recover from plantar fasciitis. Some of the treatments he uses include steroid injections, prolotherapy, and platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy.

To learn more about how Dr. Wallace can help you find relief from your plantar fasciitis and get you back on your feet, schedule an appointment at Central Oregon Spine & Sports online or by phone today.