Plantar fasciitis causes sharp or stabbing heel pain. Often, the pain is worse after long periods of sitting or lying down instead of during physical activity. If you experience persistent heel pain that’s worse first thing when you wake up, contact the team at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., right away.
Plantar fasciitis is an overuse injury. It occurs when your plantar fascia –– a ligament that runs from your heel to your toes –– becomes inflamed due to walking, running, or jumping. As the inflammation gets worse, standing and walking becomes painful.
Several factors may increase your risk of plantar fasciitis, including:
You’re also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis if you struggle to maintain a healthy weight. Eating a balanced diet and exercising regularly can reduce inflammation and relieve pressure on your feet.
To diagnose plantar fasciitis, your provider at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. reviews your medical records and asks about your symptoms, including where the pain occurs, its severity, and if it's worse during certain activities.
Next, your provider asks you to take off your shoes and socks. They examine both of your heels, looking for redness, swelling, or bruising. Then, they gently press on your heel to pinpoint areas of sensitivity. If your provider suspects a different issue, like heel spurs, they might also order X-rays.
At Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C., the team treats plantar fasciitis with Hako-Med electrotherapy. Hako-Med electrotherapy is an advanced treatment that uses targeted bio-electrical currents to reduce inflammation and encourage your body’s natural healing process.
Hako-Med is entirely noninvasive, safe, and pain-free. It’s an excellent alternative to traditional treatments for plantar fasciitis, like painful corticosteroid injections and oral anti-inflammatory medications.
The number of Hako-Med electrotherapy treatments you need depends on various factors, including your age, medical history, and the severity of your heel pain. Some people experience significant relief after one treatment. For others, it takes a series of at least three treatments spaced several weeks apart.
Don’t let heel pain keep you from activities you enjoy. To receive treatment for plantar fasciitis, make an appointment at Columbus Foot & Ankle, P.C. by calling the office or booking online today.