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Arch Pain Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that stretches along the bottom of your foot from heel to toe. It helps support the foot’s arch by connecting muscle of the foot to other bone and other components.

Modern research suggests that the plantar fascia is more accurately a plantar aponeurosis. The distinction between the terms won’t matter for most people, but you may see the terms used interchangeably, like in the diagram to the right.

Plantar fasciitis is characterized by inflammation of this area. It can cause heel pain and/or pain in the arch of the foot, most often after long periods of inactivity. Arching the toes and foot toward the shin may also provoke pain in those suffering from plantar fasciitis. The pain typically grows gradually, but sudden bouts of extreme pain may also occur.

If you’ve arch pain or think you may have plantar fasciitis, it’s important to have your feet medically reviewed. The doctors at Great Lakes Foot & Ankle Centers have treated countless patients with plantar fasciitis in Racine and the surrounding areas. We treat every patient with the utmost care and have a number of treatment options to help you overcome your foot pain.

Diagnosis

Since arch pain is often connected with sports and other activities, diagnosis is based both on a physical exam and a review of your personal history. For some patients, we may order an x-ray to rule out fractures, infections, and other underlying conditions.

Treatment

Arch pain treatments and those specifically for plantar fasciitis are usually non-invasive. We often start with simple treatments, including rest, ice, heat, orthotics, and strengthening exercises. If pain persists, we may recommend physical therapy, weight loss, and/or anti-inflammatory drugs. And if necessary, surgery is also an option.

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