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Plantar Fasciitis Specialist

North Mississippi Foot Specialists -  - Podiatry

North Mississippi Foot Specialists

Podiatry & Podiatric Medicine and Surgery located in Oxford, MS

Plantar fasciitis can make everyday tasks like walking or sitting down painful and difficult. At North Mississippi Foot Specialists in Oxford, Mississippi, Carey Williams, DPM, excels when it comes to treating this condition. A common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis leads to inflammation on the bottom of your foot. If you’re noticing recurring heel pain that doesn’t subside within a few weeks, call the office or book an appointment online today and find out about treatment options.

Plantar Fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis? 

Plantar fasciitis is a condition marked by the inflammation along the bottom of your foot. A long band of tissue called the plantar fascia connects your heel bone to your toes. When it becomes inflamed, it can lead to devastating heel and foot pain. 

This is a common injury that athletes and avid runners experience. Also, you can develop plantar fasciitis if you’re overweight or obese and don’t have sufficient support in your shoes. 

What are the common signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis? 

The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pain on the bottom of your foot or on your heel. Plantar fasciitis can be extremely painful. 

You usually feel the pain associated with plantar fasciitis right when you wake up in the morning, only to see it subside as you get your day started. However, the pain returns after long periods of standing, sitting and then standing, or physical activity. 

Plantar fasciitis usually flares up and hurts after exercise, but not necessarily during it. 

What causes plantar fasciitis? 

A common cause of plantar fasciitis is the type of exercise you frequently engage in. For example, physical activity that places stress on your heels, such as distance running or certain types of dance, are more likely than other forms of exercise to cause plantar fasciitis. 

However, there are other risk factors involved. Obesity is a common risk factor, as is having an occupation that keeps you on your feet for long periods of time. Also, being flat-footed and having an abnormal walk or foot mechanics can contribute to a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. 

What is the treatment for plantar fasciitis? 

Dr. Williams first performs a thorough physical exam, looks at your health history, and may even opt for imaging tests. Then he can offer a personalized treatment plan. 

Usually, he can treat plantar fasciitis with conservative, nonsurgical methods. Custom orthotics for your shoes, physical therapy, and pain medication are all treatment options for you. 

More severe cases of plantar fasciitis may require minimally invasive foot surgery to repair the inflamed tissue. Dr. Williams performs repair procedures that involve smaller incisions, shorter operative times, less pain, and quicker healing. 

To learn more about treatment options for plantar fasciitis, call the office or book an appointment online today.