Rise and…Ouch! The Pain of Plantar Fasciitis

Do you wake up and hop right out of bed? Not because you’re ready to start the day, but because you have foot pain and can’t walk when you get up? If you’re experiencing foot pain when you wake up in the morning and try to take your first steps out of bed, you are likely experiencing the pain of plantar fasciitis. Advanced Radiology sees many plantar fasciitis patients each year and treats them with Tenex TX1.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel and foot pain. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the fascia band of your foot. The fascia band is a thick ligament that runs the length of the bottom of your foot. It connects your heel to your toes. It plays a huge part in how you walk.

What does Plantar Fasciitis Feel Like?

Patients with plantar fasciitis often describe their symptoms as sharp or stabbing pains. Typically, patients experience this pain when they first start walking after they wake up, or when they start moving after sitting down for long periods of time. Some patients report their plantar fasciitis pain is similar to a burning or aching. Pain is at the bottom of the foot and radiates outward toward the heel. 

Other patients experience stiffness in their heel that makes walking, running, and walking up step very difficult and very painful.

For most patients, pain decreases with movement as the ligament loosens up, but can come and go on and off throughout the day.

Why Does Plantar Fasciitis Occur?

Plantar fasciitis, like other forms of ligament or connective tissue inflammation, develops as a result of wear and tear. This wear and tear happens because of normal use, like walking or running.

It can also happen if patients are overweight, which can put more strain on the feet and cause inflammation of the fascia band. Another cause behind the pain of plantar fasciitis is wearing shoes that do not provide enough support- like flip flops. Flat shoes will aggravate the condition.

People with plantar fasciitis may not know they have the condition- and limp through their pain for some time before finding relief. Self-care treatments like rest and pain relievers can help, but for most people, the symptoms return. Special podiatric inserts and exercises can help, but again, do not treat the inflammation that is causing the pain.

Advanced Radiology can bring plantar fasciitis patients permanent relief using Tenex TX1 ultrasonic knife. Tenex TX1 cuts away inflamed plantar fascia band tissue, but leaves surrounding tissue intact. The procedure Is minimally invasive, and patients are back to normal activity within just a few weeks.

Do you have pain and symptoms of plantar fasciitis?  Call Advanced Radiology at 855.201.1519 today.