Plantar fasciitis and heel pain can be very painful and difficult, but there is help available. Absolute Foot & Ankle Clinic serves patients in Northbrook and Crest Hill, Illinois, and they’re ready to help with podiatry needs of all types.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a foot injury that affects the tissues connecting the heel and the underside of the toes. A number of tiny micro-tears in this tissue can result in heel pain. The heel pain can be fairly mild, but for many people, it can be quite serious.

Will Plantar Fasciitis Go Away on Its Own?

No, in most cases plantar fasciitis will not spontaneously resolve. People who suffer from this condition need to see a skilled podiatrist if they want to get relief from the pain as soon as possible. With treatment prescribed by a podiatrist, patients will often experience symptom relief in only a few weeks. Within a couple of months, most people no longer have plantar fasciitis pain at all.

Why Does Plantar Fasciitis Happen?

Repeated stress on the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot (the plantar fascia) is the reason that plantar fasciitis happens. People who regularly put stress on their feet, for example, distance runners or even joggers, may experience plantar fasciitis. However, even people who are not physically active may suffer from plantar fasciitis. People who are obese or overweight may develop plantar fasciitis because of the pressure that the excess weight places on the feet. Anyone who stands all day, for example, teachers or waitresses, may also be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. This condition most often happens after there has been a recent change in activity, but it can develop over time as well.

How Does the Podiatrist Treat Plantar Fasciitis?

There are a number of different approaches. The treatment for plantar fasciitis may include orthotic devices, night splints, specific exercises, and surgery if it is necessary. The podiatrist will customize a plan just for each person based on the severity of their symptoms.