The hallmark heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis can affect anybody. If you’re experiencing heel pain, skilled podiatrist and foot and ankle surgeon Bailey Griffin, DPM, has ample experience treating plantar fasciitis at her offices in Humble, Atascocita, Kingwood, Livingston and Houston, Texas. Dr. Griffin provides top-quality customized treatment methods to help you find pain relief. Call or use online booking to schedule your consultation today.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition caused by the degenerative irritation of the plantar fascia ligament in your foot. The plantar fascia tissue band connects your toes and your heel bone and acts as a shock absorber, supporting the arch of your foot and working with the surrounding ligaments and tendons.
Plantar fasciitis can affect people of all ages and activity levels, but it’s most commonly associated with runners.
Carrying excess body weight can heighten your risk of developing plantar fasciitis. The excess pressure can cause an inflammatory response that leads to heel stiffness and pain.
Dr. Griffin diagnoses plantar fasciitis with a physical exam where she checks for tenderness and pain in your foot. She might also recommend X-rays and ask you to perform certain stretches to test the health and strength of the plantar fascia and other surrounding ligaments.
Dr. Griffin generally starts by recommending at-home methods first, such as stretching exercises, icing the area, getting sufficient rest, and avoiding certain high impact activities.
For persisting plantar fasciitis, Dr. Griffin might recommend:
Dr. Griffin knows that your body functions as one interconnected system. She might recommend healthy lifestyle changes, including regular exercise, stress management, and an anti-inflammatory, nutrient-rich diet to reduce your inflammation and any elevated levels of stress hormones that might be exacerbating your condition.
For more severe cases of plantar fasciitis, Dr. Griffin may recommend surgery. Generally, the procedure used is a plantar fascia release where Dr. Griffin surgically removes a part of your plantar fascia ligament from your heel bone. Surgery to treat plantar fasciitis is safe, effective, and successful.
If you’re experiencing heel pain or have concerns about plantar fasciitis, call Bailey Griffin, DPM, or schedule an appointment online today.