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The Condition

Plantar fasciitis is a condition characterized by the inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot and acts as a shock absorber during walking and running. When this tissue becomes strained or overused, small tears can develop, leading to pain, inflammation, and discomfort, primarily in the heel area. Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain and can significantly impact daily activities.

patient during treatment for plantar fasciitis in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights

The Symptoms:

  • Heel pain
  • Pain in the bottom of the foot
  • Pain that is worse in the morning or after periods of rest
  • Stiffness and limited movement in the foot
  • Pain that worsens with activity or prolonged standing
  • Sharp or stabbing pain in the heel or arch of the foot
  • Discomfort or tenderness along the arch or bottom of the foot

To learn more about treatment for plantar fasciitis in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights, contact us today for an appointment.

Possible Causes:

  • Overuse and Repetitive Strain: Activities that involve repetitive impact on the feet, such as running, dancing, or standing for long periods, can strain the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and plantar fasciitis.
  • Foot Mechanics: Flat feet, high arches, or abnormal foot mechanics can contribute to an uneven distribution of weight and excessive stress on the plantar fascia, increasing the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
  • Improper Footwear: Wearing unsupportive shoes with inadequate arch support or cushioning can strain the plantar fascia and contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis.
  • Tight Calf Muscles: Tightness or inflexibility in the calf muscles can affect foot biomechanics and place additional strain on the plantar fascia, potentially leading to plantar fasciitis.
  • Age and Weight: Plantar fasciitis is more common in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60 and those who are overweight or obese, as excess weight puts additional stress on the feet and plantar fascia.
  • Certain Activities and Occupations: Activities that involve prolonged standing or walking on hard surfaces and occupations that require being on one’s feet can increase the risk of developing plantar fasciitis in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights.

Treatment Options:

  • Stretching and Physical Therapy: Specific exercises and stretches can help stretch and strengthen the plantar fascia and associated muscles, reducing pain and improving flexibility.
  • Orthotic Devices: Custom orthotic inserts or shoe modifications can provide support, cushioning, and proper alignment, reducing strain on the plantar fascia and promoting healing.
  • Medications: Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or corticosteroid injections may be recommended to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Night Splints: Wearing a splint at night can help stretch the calf and plantar fascia while sleeping, promoting healing and reducing morning pain.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT): This non-invasive procedure delivers shockwaves to the affected area, stimulating healing and reducing pain.
  • Surgery: In rare cases when other treatments fail, surgery may be considered to release tension on the plantar fascia or correct structural issues.

At Illinois Podiatry Specialists, we conduct thorough evaluations to identify the root cause of plantar fasciitis. Through a comprehensive assessment, including a detailed examination and imaging if necessary, we determine the factors contributing to your condition. Based on these findings, we curate a personalized treatment plan that addresses your needs and goals, ensuring the most effective and tailored approach to managing plantar fasciitis in Hinsdale and Glendale Heights.

Schedule Your Podiatry Consultation

Illinois Podiatry Specialists is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for plantar fasciitis. Our team of experts offers both conservative and surgical treatment options tailored to meet the individual needs of each patient. With our commitment to patient care, we strive to provide same-day availability, ensuring that you can receive prompt attention and begin your journey to recovery. Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards finding relief from plantar fasciitis.

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Illinois Podiatry Specialists Hinsdale
950 N York Rd, Suite 105
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Illinois Podiatry Specialists Glendale Heights
701 Winthrop Ave Floor, Ste. 101
Glendale Heights, IL 60139


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