In today’s program Dr. Reminga, from Northern Foot Care Center, talks about the various foot conditions that can be confused with plantar fasciitis. You may have heard the term, Plantar Fasciitis, but aren’t completely certain what it is. If you’ve had Plantar Fasciitis, you’re all too familiar with the condition. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the flat, thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes and is the most common cause of heel pain. Dr. Reminga says that this is one of the top conditions that he treats in his office at Northern Foot Care Center.

The primary symptom with Plantar Fasciitis is pain around the bottom sole, or heel of the foot and can be perceived as a radiating throughout the foot, ankle, and even the lower leg. Because the patient can feel the pain in different locations of the foot… plantar fasciitis can often be misunderstood and mistaken for other conditions. The opposite can also be true where another condition can be mistaken for plantar fasciitis.

A conditions that can be mistaken for Plantar Fasciitis is called a “Ruptured Plantar Fascia”. This may not sound very different but it is. With plantar fasciitis the plantar fascia is characterized by Micro-tears or small tears in the plantar fascia tissue. In the case of a “ruptured” plantar fascia those tears are magnified due to a significant injury or plantar fasciitis that has gotten worse. The differentiating factor is the severity of pain. If a person does have plantar fasciitis they run the risk of it worsening and weakening to the point of rupturing. The ruptured plantar fasciitis is usually accompanied by a “pop” sound. This would indicate a rupture has taken place and severe pain will follow along with the inability to bear weight on the foot accompanied by bruising and swelling to follow.

There are numerous other conditions that can be confused with Plantar Fasciitis such as arthritis and tendonitis for example. Listen to find out more about more about this interesting subject. Dr. Reminga is a board certified foot and ankle specialist with over 30 years of experience. If you have any type of foot or ankle problem, Dr. Reminga can help.

Dr. Daniel Reminga's Weekly Radio Show "Your Feet Your Health" airs every Wednesday at 10 am & 5 pm on WKMJ 93.5FM, WMPL 920AM, WUPY 101.1FM radio. Listen to past recordings here.