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Plantar Fasciitis

Utah Orthopaedics

Orthopedic Surgeons & Physical Therapy located in Ogden, UT

Plantar fasciitis can cause severe heel pain in both active athletes and inactive adults. At Utah Orthopaedics, in Ogden, Utah, the team of fellowship-trained orthopaedic medicine professionals uses the most sophisticated techniques to repair injured tissue and get you back on your feet fast. Use the online appointment tool or call the office to schedule a consultation now.

Plantar Fasciitis Q&A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition. It appears when the thick ligament that connects your heel and toes (the plantar fascia) becomes highly irritated. Your body responds to the irritation with pain in the back of your heel.

Plantar fasciitis is common in runners and other athletes due to the repetitive stress placed on the plantar fascia. People with high arches, flat feet, tight Achilles tendons, or tight calf muscles are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. If you struggle with losing weight, you can be at a higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

What symptoms does plantar fasciitis cause?

The main plantar fasciitis symptom is stabbing heel pain, usually most noticeable early in the morning and improves throughout the day. You can also experience a pain flare-up after standing for long periods or high-impact activities like jumping and running.

How is plantar fasciitis diagnosed?

The Utah Orthopaedics team completes a careful foot exam, checking for tenderness and pain. They can also have you do stretches and flex your foot to check for problems.

Symptom assessment is a significant part of making a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. The team will ask several questions about the exact location of your pain, the time when the pain is most noticeable, and what activities cause flare-ups.

You might need an X-ray to identify or rule out other causes of heel pain, for example, stress fractures.

Many people suffering from plantar fasciitis have heel spurs, hard hook-like calcium deposits on the underside of the heel that appear on X-rays. But only 5% of people with heel spurs actually experience heel pain.

Rarely, you might need further imaging, like a diagnostic ultrasound or MRI, to diagnose plantar fasciitis.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

The Utah Orthopaedics team can prescribe treatments including:

  • Activity changes
  • Home exercises (plantar fascia stretch, calf stretch)
  • Night splints
  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Regenerative medicine (platelet-rich plasma (PRP), stem cells)

Nonoperative treatments fix 9 out of 10 cases of plantar fasciitis. But if your pain continues after treatment, the team could recommend minimally invasive orthopaedic surgery.

The most common plantar fasciitis surgery is plantar fascia release. This procedure removes a small segment of the ligament to allow pain-free movement.

Call Utah Orthopaedics today or schedule an appointment online if you need help with plantar fasciitis pain.