Your plantar fascia is a flat, thick, ligament band underneath the bottom of your foot that connects your heel to your toes. Too much pressure on this ligament can cause it to strain, leading to the development of a condition called plantar fasciitis. If you are an avid runner, have tight calves/high arches, or suffer from obesity, your risk for this condition increases. Fortunately, if you are struggling with the pain of plantar fasciitis, the podiatric doctors at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA, can help.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis develops from inflammation and irritation in the connective tissue of your plantar fascia. If you acquire plantar fasciitis, it's common to experience heel pain and stiffness when performing your daily activities. Sometimes this condition only affects one foot, but most often, it affects both feet. Also known as heel spur syndrome, our team of podiatrists treats plantar fasciitis at our locations in Williamsburg and Hampton, VA.
Common Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis gradually develops over time. You may notice:
- Morning foot pain
- Pain when walking
- Inflammation in the arch of your foot
- Dull aching in the heel or frequent heel pain
- Sharp pain in the arch after exercise
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Once you describe your symptoms and concerns to one of our Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists, they will examine your foot and perform tests to confirm a diagnosis. If you have tenderness in your heel bone, pain that increases when you flex your foot, or limited movement of your ankle, we can discuss treatment options. Successful measures include stretching exercises, orthotic devices, anti-inflammatory medication, and the use of ice packs.
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
Visit the Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists if you are struggling with plantar fasciitis—we offer two convenient locations for our patients. For Williamsburg, dial (757) 220-3311, or for Hampton, dial (757) 224-7605 to schedule an appointment.