Plantar Fasciitis

Denville Foot and Ankle

Podiatrists located in Denville, NJ

Every year, almost two million people in the United States seek treatment for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. At Denville Foot & Ankle, Daniel Hennessy, DPM, has extensive experience helping patients in Denville, New Jersey, find relief from plantar fasciitis pain, as well as other types of heel pain. For more information about the treatments for heel pain, please call the office or use the online booking tool to set up an appointment.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What is plantar fasciitis?

Did you know that with every mile you cover, it puts 60 tons of stress on your feet, and your heels bear a large portion of this burden? As the miles add up, so does the wear-and-tear on all areas of your feet, including your plantar fascia. Your plantar fascia is a tough ligament that stretches from your heel to the base of your toes, providing critical support and shock absorption for your arches. If you put too much stress on this connective tissue, it can develop tiny tears that cause inflammation and tightness.

This tightness and inflammation are the hallmarks of plantar fasciitis, and they cause the first steps you take in the morning or after a period of inactivity to be quite painful.

In addition to the stabbing pain brought on by plantar fasciitis, the condition can also cause bone spurs to develop on your heels, which is Mother Nature’s way of trying to increase the strength in your bones. While many bone spurs don’t pose any problems, some can cause discomfort, depending upon their location.

What are some other causes of heel pain?

While plantar fasciitis is the primary culprit behind heel pain, there are several other conditions that can cause discomfort in your heels, including:

  • Achilles tendinitis
  • Heel bruises
  • Bursitis

Given the enormous stresses your heels are under every time you’re on your feet, any heel pain can be debilitating. Thankfully, there’s much that Dr. Hennessy can do to bring you relief.

How is plantar fasciitis (and other heel pain) treated?

The first order of business is to figure out what’s behind your heel pain. To do this, Dr. Hennessy performs a thorough examination, including high-definition X-rays right in the office, to identify the underlying cause of your pain. With a diagnosis in hand, he comes up with an appropriate treatment plan, which may include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Custom orthotics
  • Changes in footwear
  • Rest

It’s rare that heel pain requires surgical intervention. In most cases, you should simply follow Dr. Hennessy’s instructions to put yourself on the road to relief.

To put an end to plantar fasciitis and heel pain, call Denville Foot & Ankle, or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.