Plantar Fasciitis - Heel Pain & Arch Pain

Plantar fasciitis is the term commonly used to refer to heel pain and arch pain traced to an inflammation on the bottom of the foot. More specifically, plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue, called plantar fascia, that stretches from the base of the toes, across the arch of the foot, to the point at which it inserts into the heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis. As the foot rolls inward excessively when walking, it flattens the foot, lengthens the arch, and puts added tension on the plantar fascia. Over time, this causes inflammation.

Also known as heel spur syndrome, the condition is often successfully treated with conservative measures, such as the use of anti-inflammatory medications, ice packs, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, injection therapy, and physical therapy.

Treatments may also include:

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
  • Stem Cell and PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) Therapy
  • Laser Pain Therapy
  • Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation (RFNA)
  • Endoscopic Plantar Fasciotomy
  • Surgery

If you have pain in your heel or arch, be sure to contact our foot care experts at Renuva Xtremity in Memphis. Dr. Nathan Lucas, our podiatrist, can help determine the cause and the best treatment option for you! Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

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