Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes pain in the heel that’s associated with tightness of the calf muscle – resulting in stiffness in the ligament that runs from the heel to the toes.
When this muscle is inflamed, each step can cause micro tears in the fascia which leads to soreness or tenderness of the foot and heel that often radiates from the center of the heel pad. The pain is often worse in the morning or after a period of extended rest but can also be common in people who are very active in sports or work environment.
Common treatments include:
The most common treatments for nagging and persistent plantar fasciitis heel pain are:
- Oral anti-inflammatories
- Arch supports
- Corticosteroid injections
- Physical Therapy
- Dry needling
If surgery is necessary, minimally invasive options including endoscopic release of the plantar fascia only require small incisions on either side of the heel below the ankle.
Why Choose NGPG?
Patients should be evaluated by a foot and ankle specialist when they have difficulty walking or haven’t experienced relief with the initial recommendation of RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation – or with anti-inflammatory medications. NGPG Sports Medicine offers a range of non-surgical options, allowing for a rapid return to normal activities of daily living. Our team of sports medicine specialists work with you to find the right level of intervention before moving on to a surgical solution. Plantar fasciitis rarely requires a surgical intervention, and typically improves with patience, time and the right physical therapy plan.