Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis and How to Treat It

hi I'm dr. Zimmerman I'm a foot and

ankle specialist here to talk to you

about plantar fasciitis today also known

as heel pain plantar fasciitis or heel

pain is generally pain in the bottom or

the plantar side of the person's foot

typically patients have sharp shooting

pain generally worse in the morning or

right after walking in the bottom of

their foot on the bottom of your foot

there's a plantar fascia which is a

fibrous band that goes from your toes

back to your heel a lot of time people

have pain in this portion of their heel

associated with plantar fasciitis

plantar fasciitis generally is treated

with conservative treatment which can

consist of stretching icing appropriate

shoe year's shoe inserts and

anti-inflammatories when the patient's

still having pain in that area sometimes

an injection into the area can also help

to generally if we continue that pain

and conservative treatments not working

we move on to potentially doing an MRI

or an ultrasound of the band depending

on what that shows sometimes surgery's

indicated surgery would potentially be

indicated for a thick band that

potentially has not been improved with

conservative treatment and a lot of

times the treatment for that is actually

releasing the plantar fascia similar to

a carpal tunnel surgery patients many

times have heard that plantar fasciitis

has also been referred to as heel spur

syndrome many times patients get an

x-ray and see on the bottom of their

heel they may see a spur on the bottom

of their heel through research and time

we have learned that the heel spur

itself is actually not the cause of the

pain but rather the Planner fashion and

that's why important aspect of the whole

treatment plan is stretching and wearing

appropriate shoes if this is something

you've been experiencing and your pain

is not getting any better

I do recommend seeing a foot and ankle