Could That Ankle Pain Be Linked to Plantar Fasciitis?

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Here at Next Step Orthopedics, we see a lot of people for foot and ankle problems. We know how painful it can be and how frustrating it is when limited mobility or reduced range of motion interfere with your daily activities. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Dominique Nickson, offers comprehensive diagnostics to help determine the exact cause of your ankle pain, which may be due to:

 

 

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at one cause in particular--plantar fasciitis--and see what connection it has to your ankle pain.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Your foot has a thick, tough band of tissue that runs from the ball area of the heel. It’s called the plantar fascia, and its job is to give support to the arch of your foot. When that band of tissue gets inflamed and swollen, you develop a painful condition called plantar fasciitis. 

What causes plantar fasciitis?

There are many reasons you may develop this uncomfortable condition, such as:

 

 

Typically, plantar fasciitis develops slowly over time, though it’s possible to get it as a result of a sudden injury. 

What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?

When you come in with ankle pain, one of the first things Dr. Nickson checks for is if you have some of these other symptoms that likely mean you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis:

 

Because physical activity may strain the muscles in your feet, you may also have increased heel and ankle pain after running, walking, or playing sports.

What are the treatment options for plantar fasciitis? 

Dr. Nickson assesses your condition and customizes a treatment plan to resolve your plantar fasciitis and alleviate your ankle pain. Depending on the severity of your problem, he may be conservative and only recommend rest, elevation, and ice therapy. If further treatment is necessary, your options may include stretching exercises, proper footwear for orthotics, bracing or splinting, and physical therapy. In some cases, Dr. Nickson may recommend a surgical procedure to release tension in the plantar fascia.


For permanent relief from your ankle pain, make an appointment to see Dr. Nickson in our McKinney, Texas office, or book your appointment online.

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