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Plantar Fasciitis services offered in Converse and Devine, TX

When you have excruciating heel pain that affects your daily life, it could be due to plantar fasciitis. However, you don’t have to continue to suffer — Jose F. Hilario, DPM, PA, serves the communities of Converse, Live Oak, Schertz, and San Antonio, Texas, and offers a variety of treatment options for plantar fasciitis. From custom orthotics to education on stretching, Dr. Hilario and his team have the answer to your heel pain. To book an appointment, call the office today, or schedule with Dr. Hilario using the website.

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Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

What causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most prevalent cause of heel pain. This condition occurs when a thick area of tissue in the arch of your foot becomes inflamed and painful. This tissue is known as the plantar fascia.

The plantar fascia is essential because it joins the front of your foot to your heel. It also helps to give your foot arch support and stability.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by too much exertion on the plantar fascia. This ligament, while strong, takes on excessive force day in and day out. This can lead to tears or damage in the ligament, triggering your body’s inflammatory response.

Avid running and jumping while working out are two of the causes of this condition. If you’re overweight or wear unsupportive footwear, your chances of developing plantar fasciitis are higher.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of plantar fasciitis vary and depend on the severity of your condition. Heel pain is one of the most common signs of this condition. There are other symptoms you may experience as well, including:

  • Pain in your arch
  • Heel swelling
  • A jump in pain after activity
  • Tightness in your Achilles tendon

If you have plantar fasciitis, your pain may seem more severe when you wake up or after long periods of sitting or standing.

Can plantar fasciitis be prevented?

The best prevention for plantar fasciitis is keeping your calf and ankle muscles stay flexible. This means stretching in the morning when you get up and before and after exercise.

Proper arch support is also needed to prevent plantar fasciitis symptoms. This is especially true if you suffer from a higher-than-normal arch or flat feet. 

Are there treatments available?

If you have heel pain, Dr. Hilario examines your foot for plantar fasciitis. If he determines that you have this condition, he offers several conservative treatments to ease your pain and get you back to your normal activities.

Resting the affected foot is the first step in treating plantar fasciitis. The next steps in Dr. Hilario’s treatments may include:

  • Icing the area
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Night splints 
  • Cortisone injections

Dr. Hilario may also recommend custom orthotics to give your foot and arch the support they need to avoid this condition. Surgery is rarely needed for this condition but is an option in very severe cases.

If you’re tired of suffering from heel pain, don’t hesitate to call the office today for an appointment or schedule a consultation on the website.