If your first few steps of the morning involve stabbing heel pain, you may have plantar fasciitis. Orthopedic surgeon Lanny Rudner, MD, offers the most cutting-edge treatments for plantar fasciitis at Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists in Beverly Hills, California. For expert foot care in the greater Los Angeles area, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain, affecting about 2 million Americans each year. The plantar fascia is a long, thin ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot and attaches to your heel.
When your plantar fascia becomes irritated and inflamed, you have plantar fasciitis. This condition causes sharp, stabbing heel pain. Usually, the pain is worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of rest. Pain from plantar fasciitis tends to fade as you move around.
Most of the time, plantar fasciitis develops without a specific incident or injury. Repetitive movements, such as running, may cause small tears in the fibers of your plantar fascia. This leads to inflammation, heel pain, and stiffness.
Without treatment, plantar fasciitis may become a long-term condition that affects your body’s alignment. You should call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists for prompt treatment any time you experience foot pain that doesn’t go away on its own.
Plantar fasciitis is a common sports injury that affects men, women, and children of all ages. However, this condition is most common in adults older than 40.
Certain factors may increase your risk of getting plantar fasciitis, such as:
In addition to running, high-impact activities like gymnastics and aerobic dance may contribute to plantar fasciitis. Having a job that requires standing on hard surfaces for most of the day, such as teaching, may also increase your risk.
First, Dr. Rudner performs a comprehensive physical exam and reviews your medical history. He checks your feet for areas of tenderness and may take an X-ray to look for bone spurs or fractures.
Once he diagnoses plantar fasciitis, Dr. Rudner develops a personalized treatment plan that utilizes the most current techniques. Usually, plantar fasciitis improves with conservative therapies, such as:
If your condition persists despite treatment, Dr. Rudner may recommend surgery. He’s highly trained in the most advanced minimally invasive procedures available today.
To learn more, call Silicon Beach Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Specialists or book an appointment online today.