Plantar Fasciitis

by Dr. Paul Daines - Posted on Dec 5, 2018

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by inflammation and/or thickening of the band of tissue (plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. Oftentimes, patients have many questions regarding this common cause of heel pain. What leads to plantar fasciitis? Are there prevention techniques? If pain is already present, what treatment options exist? With so much information at our fingertips, it can be difficult to differentiate between tried and true methods and common misconceptions. Continue reading to learn more from one of our board certified podiatrists, Dr. Paul Daines.


“Plantar Fasciitis”

Severe arthritis of the ankle joint is the result of progressive wearing down of the articular cartilage cushion that lines the joint, ultimately creating bone-on-bone grinding. End-stage arthritis results in pain, combined with loss of function and mobility – severely limiting normal activity. When this end stage is reached and non-operative options (such as medication, injections, and bracing) have been exhausted, patients are presented with two methods of surgical treatment.


“End-Stage Arthritis of the Ankle”

We all look forward to “kicking our shoes off” in the summertime. We can close our eyes and imagine the sun rising over the water, and the warm breeze on our toes. Ladies run around in their cute sandals and men in their flip flops. We all long for the freedom of childhood but sometimes we forget “the rest of the story.”
““Summertime Blues” – Common Summertime Foot Injuries”