Plantar Fasciitis – Carrollton, TX
Dr. Heier is a reputed foot and ankle specialist serving in Carrollton, TX. The fellowship trained doctor provides comprehensive treatment for various orthopedic conditions and sports related injuries. 

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fascia is a flat band of tissues connecting heel to front of the foot. Its major function is to provide support to the foot arch. An inflammation in this tissues is referred to as Plantar Fasciitis. The condition is common in middle-aged people and youngsters who are always on their feet like, runners, soldiers, football players etc.

Causes Of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Extreme pressure on the heel
  • Tighter calf muscles
  • High arch
  • Obesity
  • Regular running or jumping
  • Excessive protonation
  • Improper shoes

Symptoms Of Plantar Fasciitis

  • Pain in the heel
  • Discomfort in heel after rest, which fades away with walking
  • Pain after exercising

Diagnosis Of Plantar Fasciitis

To evaluate this condition, the doctor may conduct a physical test. He may locate the area in which the patient experiences maximum pain. He may also check for the flexibility and motion of the feet. To further asses the root cause of the symptoms, the doctor may recommend imaging tests like, X-Ray and MRI scans.

Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

Non-Surgical Treatment

  • Rest – The doctor may ask the patients to avoid the activities that cause pain or aggravate it. This may help the torn ligaments and scar tissues to heal naturally.
  • Icing – Icing may be recommended to enhance the blood supply to the damaged tissues. It may also to reduce inflammation.
  • Medication – Anti-inflammatory medication may be suggested by the doctor to relieve pain and irritation.
  • Supportive shoes and orthotics – Patients may be asked to wear shoes with thick and soft soles. This may help to relive the tension placed of the fascia when patients place their feet on the ground.
  • Night splints – Wearing night splints may aid the heel to remain stretched even when the patient is asleep. In this manner the patients may not feel pain after placing their feet on the ground.
  • Exercises – The doctor may suggest muscle stretching and strengthening exercises to alleviate the symptoms.

Surgical Treatment

  • Gastrocnemius Recession – In order to decrease the stress on the heel, the orthopedic surgeon may extend the calf muscles. In this procedure the incision may be made endoscopically or with the usual technique. After the surgery the patients may notice more movement of the ankle joint and reduction in heel pain.
  • Plantar fascia release – In this method, the orthopedic surgeon may make an incision to partially cut the plantar fascia. This not only relieves pain but also decreases the tension on the ligament.

To get complete treatment for Plantar Fasciitis, contact Dr. Heier. To schedule an appointment with the foot and ankle specialist, call at (972) 492 - 1334 or visit 4780 N. Josey Lane, Carrollton, TX 75010.