Conservative Care for Plantar Fasciitis

Inflammation of the plantar fasciaSuffering from a bad case of heel pain? Chances are pretty good that it’s plantar fasciitis, which represents about 90% of all heel pain cases. Caused by tiny tears in the plantar fascia—a band of tissue that supports your arch, running from heels to toes—hallmark symptoms include heel pain that gets worse after exercise and often spikes in the early morning, just after you get out of bed.

There’s good news, though! Most cases of plantar fasciitis can be appropriately managed and treated without surgery or other invasive medical procedures, through a combination of conservative therapies and gentle at-home care.

When you visit our office, tell us about your symptoms as well as your needs and goals, and we conduct a thorough physical evaluation, we’ll put together a treatment plan to help you take those first steps toward healthy feet. Common conservative procedures (many of which you can do at home) may include the following:

  • Avoiding activities that cause pain
  • A physical therapy program including stretches to help loosen the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon
  • Shoe inserts or custom orthotics to provide extra cushioning or arch support (especially for those with structural issues in their feet)
  • Night splints that keep your calves and arches lengthened while you sleep
  • Anti-inflammatory medications (such as ibuprofen) as needed for pain management
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

In rare cases, surgery may be recommended as a last resort in particularly stubborn cases where conservative care has not sufficiently resolved your discomfort. Our office employs a minimally invasive technique known as an endoscopic plantar fasciotomy that allows most people to get back to work within a few weeks.

So many people struggle with daily heel pain when, in most cases, solutions are not only available, but relatively simple, painless, and effective. If aching heels every morning sounds like your situation, give Associates in Podiatry a call. Dial (609) 924-8333 to reach us in Princeton, or (908) 687-5757 in Roselle Park.