Plantar fasciitis is a painful overuse injury that affects the heel. It occurs when your plantar fascia –– a thick band of tissue that runs from your heel to your toes –– develops small tears due to activities like walking and exercise. Over the years, these small tears become inflamed, causing sharp, shooting pain at the back of your heel.
Most cases of plantar fasciitis respond to at-home treatments, like ice and rest, but if your symptoms persist or worsen, contact Dr. Sadoughi at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, right away.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
As the condition worsens, you might also experience a tight or stiff Achilles tendon.
Several factors may increase your risk of plantar fasciitis, including:
You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you have an underlying foot problem, like flat foot, high arches, or an abnormal gait.
At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, Dr. Sadoughi diagnoses plantar fasciitis during an in-office visit.
First, he reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, if it's worse at certain times of the day, and if it improves with ice or anti-inflammatory medication.
Next, he examines your heel, gently pressing on it to pinpoint areas of tenderness or sensitivity. Dr. Sadoughi also has you walk around the exam room and perform a series of easy exercises so he can observe your gait and foot mechanics.
If Dr. Sadoughi thinks your heel pain is due to a different problem, like a fracture or a bone spur, he might also order X-rays.
At Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle, Dr. Sadoughi treats plantar fasciitis using conservative, noninvasive measures whenever possible. Depending on your age and the severity of your symptoms, he might recommend:
If these treatments don’t provide lasting relief, or your symptoms worsen, Dr. Sadoughi might recommend surgery. During plantar fasciitis surgery, he uses special tools to release your plantar fascia ligament from your heel bone.
To explore the different treatment options for plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at Chevy Chase Foot & Ankle by calling the office or booking online today.