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By Ankle and Foot Institute
November 13, 2018
Category: Foot Conditions
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

4 Signs You May Have Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar FasciitisDo you have plantar fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of pain in the bottom of the foot. The condition is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Podiatrists offer treatments that can provide relief from plantar fasciitis. Dr. Richard Wittock is one of the top podiatrists in Fenton, MO. Here are five signs you may have plantar fasciitis. 

1. Foot Pain

Plantar fasciitis causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel. The pain may develop gradually and become worse over time. The pain is usually the worst after stepping out of bed in the morning, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or rising from sitting. Pain is also usually worse after physical activity, not during it.

2. Stiffness

Plantar fasciitis can cause stiffness and limited range of motion. Climbing stairs can be difficult due to stiffness in the heel. Physical therapy is a very important part of treatment for plantar fasciitis. It can help you safely stretch your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Physical therapy can also help reduce stiffness, as well as improve range of motion, making you more mobile.

3. Numbness

Plantar fasciitis can also cause numbness in the bottom of the foot. If you experience this, you may have no or little sensation. Numbness of the foot can also occur because of injury to the foot, nerve damage, and poor circulation (such as with peripheral vascular disease and diabetes).

4. Inflammation

Plantar fasciitis is associated with swelling and warmth in the heel area. This inflammation is caused by excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. There may also be tenderness of the bottom of the heel at the plantar fascia's point of attachment. 

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The key to proper diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is an examination by a podiatrist. Whether your goal is getting back to sports, hobbies, work, or just enjoying life, our podiatrist can help. Don't wait another minute—call Ankle and Foot Institute at (636) 717-1100 right now to schedule an appointment in Fenton, MO. We want you to live your best life!

By Ankle and Foot Institute
January 08, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: plantar fasciitis  

Your job requires you to be on your feet almost constantly throughout the day. Over the past few months, you've noticed increased pain in plantar fasciitisyour heel and across the arch of your foot. What could be happening? Well, many adults with heel pain suffer from an inflammatory condition called plantar fasciitis. Your foot doctor at the Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, Dr. Richard Wittock, sees it frequently in adults of all ages, and he successfully treats in many ways for maximum comfort and foot function.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Affecting the wide band of tissue which connects the base of the toes to the calcaneus, or heel bone, plantar fasciitis in St. Louis may come on suddenly. However, Dr. Wittock says this painful condition rarely results from trauma. Rather, overuse typically causes it-- for instance, simply standing for hours on hard surfaces or playing sports such as tennis and running.

Other contributing factors are:

  • Age (the fat pad on the bottom of the foot thins as we get older)
  • Wearing poorly supporting shoes or high heels
  • Overpronation, or excessive flattening of the arch of the foot when walking, running or jumping
  • Obesity

In addition. while some people with heel spurs, small bony projections off the heel bone, have plantar fasciitis, not all people with plantar fasciitis have heel spurs.

How your foot doctor can help

If you're having pain in the heel and/or arch of your foot, please contact your foot doctor so he can perform a complete podiatric examination, including a visual inspection of how you place your feet when you walk. Also, Dr. Wittock may take X-rays to visualize your heel structure.

If Dr. Wittock diagnoses plantar fasciitis, there are several options available which supply substantial relief to most patients. Typical interventions include:

  • Rest
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Shoes with good arch support
  • Custom-made orthotics, or shoe inserts
  • Cortisone injections
  • Stretching exercises and physical therapy

If a patient does not improve significantly over the course of several months, Dr. Wittock may recommend innovative Extracorporal Shock Wave Therapy. Performed right at the Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, ESWT treats plantar fasciitis with short, painless waves of energy. These mini-shock waves reduce inflammation and speed healing.

The Food and Drug Administration reports that 92 percent of patients treated with ESWT experience significant pain relief, and there's no down time. Patients are in and out of the office quickly after their treatments and enjoy better foot and ankle function.

Stop hurting

And, feel better. See Dr. Richard Wittock of the Ankle and Foot Institute of St. Louis, MO, about your heel pain. It could be plantar fasciitis, and it's totally treatable. Contact the office today for an appointment, won't you? Call (636) 717-1100.

By Ankle and Foot Institute
May 01, 2014
Category: Foot Care
podiatrist plantar fasciitis orthoticsNo, we aren’t talking about the miles on your car. This is about the miles and pressure you put on your feet on a daily basis. Let us ask a quick question—are you dealing with foot issues, such as heel pain?
 

What is plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain is formally called plantar fasciitis. It’s the pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue in the foot. The plantar fascia is responsible for connecting the heel bone to your toes, acting as the shock absorber. Pain typically occurs when the foot isn’t limber. You may notice a sharp pain while walking, typically during the morning and after long periods of sitting.
 

Common sufferers of plantar fasciitis

Athletes, people who are overweight and women who are pregnant are common sufferers of plantar fasciitis. Why is that? For athletes, many of them are involved in sports that require strenuous footwork: running, jumping and kicking. During such physically demanding activities, the plantar fascia has to absorb a lot of shock. Over time, the band of tissue can start to wear and tear, causing inflammation and pain. People who are overweight or pregnant have extra weight added to the equation, also applying unneeded strain.
 

Treatment for plantar fasciitis in St. Louis

If you deal with chronic heel pain, you should talk to your St. Louis, MO podiatrists, Drs. Richard Wittock and Gabriel Cardenas. They can give you top-notch advice and treatment options, such as custom-fit orthotics in St. Louis.
 
When you are constantly on your feet, your shoes will start to wear out, decreasing foot support. Custom-fit orthotics are designed with your feet in mind, paying attention to your unique foot structure. For more information regarding custom orthotics in St. Louis, Fenton area, call Ankle and Foot Institute at (636) 717-1100.