What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of the heel in which inflammation or degeneration of the plantar fascia causes pain. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs from the tip of the big toe to the heel bone and supports the arch of the foot. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, with 1 in 10 people experiencing symptoms in their lifetime.

If symptoms of plantar fasciitis persist longer than two weeks or are affecting your daily activities, our foot and ankle specialists at Seaview Orthopaedics can provide high-quality care to relieve pain and get you back to your activities.

What are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Heel pain, specifically in the morning or after long periods of rest, inactivity, or sitting
  • Sharp, stabbing, or burning sensation in the foot
  • Stiffness
  • Feeling of tightness in the Achilles

Symptoms may subside during the day and increase in the morning and at night.

A diagram highlighting plantar fasciitis and the areas it affects.

Causes & Risk Factors

Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury caused by excessive trauma of the plantar fascia. Those who engage in heavy physical activity or who are frequently on their feet for work are at a high risk for developing this condition.

Other factors may put you more at risk for developing plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • Tight Achilles tendon
  • Wearing shoes with little support
  • Obesity
  • Flat feet or high arches

Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

A variety of treatment options are available for plantar fasciitis, ranging from non-surgical to surgical.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Surgical Treatment

  • Partial plantar fasciectomy: Open surgery where part of the diseased portions of the plantar fascia are removed
  • Partial plantar fasciectomy: Arthroscopic partial transection of the diseased plantar fascia
  • Partial plantar fasciectomy with excision of heel spur and fasciotomy of abductor muscle with release of the nerve of baxter
  • High energy ultrasound
  • High energy ultrasound with percutaneous tenotomy of the plantar fascia

How can Plantar Fasciitis be prevented?

Plantar fasciitis can be prevented by avoiding overuse of the feet and stretching before and after heavy exercise. Choosing footwear that will provide proper arch support and cushioning or use of gel shoe inserts can also help prevent inflammation of the plantar fascia. Early intervention and preventative measures are key to maintaining foot health.

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At Seaview Orthopaedic & Medical Associates, we have provided quality orthopedic care for over 40 years! Our patients’ total experience with our practice is our number one priority. If you have been suffering from any kind of foot and ankle pain, be sure to schedule an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist at one of our six orthopedic clinics throughout NJ. To learn more feel free to contact us online.

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Meet Dr. Aron Green

Dr. Green is a board-certified, fellowship trained foot and ankle surgeon specializing in all aspects of care of the foot and ankle including total ankle arthroplasty, post traumatic and congenital reconstruction, reconstruction of acquired deformities, sports injuries, and diabetic/rheumatologic foot care.

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