Plantar fasciitis is a condition usually characterised by a sharp pain in the heel of your foot. This injury to the plantar fascia, which is the large, fibrous band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes, limits the normal biomechanical functions of the foot. Arch support and shock absorption will also be affected. Heel spurs (bony growths in the heel area) may develop as a result of this condition.
Causes and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually most acute upon taking your first steps in the morning, after a period of sitting, or after exercise. You may unconsciously find yourself walking on your toes in an attempt to alleviate the pressure from your heel area. If left untreated, plantar fasciitis may develop into a chronic condition. Additionally, you may develop symptoms of other foot, knee or back problems because the pain from plantar fasciitis can affect the way you walk to compensate for the pain.
Plantar fasciitis most commonly afflicts certain groups of people, including females, people aged 40-60 and those who are obese. People who spend many hours standing daily or with structural abnormalities in their feet such as having tight Achilles tendons, flat feet or usually high arches are also at higher risk for this condition. Certain shoes can also contribute to these conditions, such as wearing open-toed high-heeled shoes, or footwear with thin and worn-out soles.
Receive Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis Today
Plantar heel pain is one of the most common orthopaedic conditions. Your orthopaedic specialist will usually diagnose this condition based on a physical examination, your physical activity history and pain symptoms. Non-operative treatments include rest and activity modifications, as well as physical therapy, orthotics or prescriptions of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications. In severe cases, operative treatment may be needed. Receiving timely treatment will help prevent your condition from turning chronic. Our orthopaedic specialists at Orthofoot MD Singapore will work together to find the most effective treatment for your plantar fasciitis. Contact us today to book an appointment.