The plantar fascia is a thick, web-like ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes and ball of the foot. It is part of the foot arch and is the largest ligament in the body. When the plantar fascia is torn or damaged from an injury or disease, it can cause a painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis. Our pain specialists at CLEAR Wellness Group offer plantar fasciitis pain treatment at our clinic in Chicago.

Causes and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia can be damaged or injured due to overuse, poor foot protection and trauma. Excessive running, walking and jumping can damage this ligament, especially when not wearing the right footwear or arch supports. Obesity can contribute to plantar fascia injuries. Certain diseases or conditions also lead to plantar fasciitis, including ankylosing spondylitis, bone spurs and reactive arthritis. Those with flat feet, or fallen arches, are more prone to plantar fasciitis.

While plantar fasciitis can occur from a sudden injury, most cases of plantar fasciitis start slowly and become worse over time. Some of the symptoms that accompany plantar fasciitis include:

In mild to moderate cases of plantar fasciitis, improving footwear and arch supports, using NSAIDs to reduce inflammation and ice applications can help reduce pain and further injury. In some cases, plantar fasciitis becomes chronic, lasting for a year or longer. For severe or chronic plantar fasciitis, our pain specialists at CLEAR Wellness Group will create a treatment plan that may include interventional treatments for pain, inflammation and damage caused by plantar fasciitis.

If you have symptoms of plantar fasciitis that are not relieved by conservative treatments, contact us at CLEAR Wellness Group. We can help find the right treatment for foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis at our clinic in Chicago.