Tennis or Running Causing Pain in the Foot?

Foot Pain:  Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spur Syndrome)

As the sounds of tennis balls getting hit on the courts of Atlanta increase, so do the sounds of the tennis players saying “ouch” the next day.  Getting up in the morning and taking the first few steps result in a sharp pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel bone (calcaneus). Unfortunately for many, this is the first sign of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of connective tissue originating on the bottom surface of the calcaneus and extends along the sole of the foot towards the toes.

The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis includes a thorough clinical exam.  The exam includes gathering a history, gait analysis, footwear inspection, and a possible orthotic evaluation and fitting.  Further workups may include and MRI or diagnostic ultrasound in order to rule out a potential heel spur.  Often heel spurs will present with plantar fascia.  The plantar fasciitis will bring about the heel spur (the heel spur does not cause the plantar fasciitis.

What is the treatment?

There are many treatment options for plantar fasciitis including PRICE (see our last blog post) , massage therapy, stretching programs for flexibility and mobility, proper footwear, functional movement screens, physical therapy, cryotherapy, orthotics, anti-inflammatory medications, and even a possible injection of corticosteroids.

In order to find out if the pain in your foot is plantar fasciitis and what would be the proper treatment plan for you to get BEYOND BETTER, call our office today and ask to speak to one of our sports medicine professionals at 770-237-3475.