Dr. Lamont Tyler is an experienced family and urgent care physician holding a DO from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine. He oversees the specialty physician services as a medical director for the OSF Medical Group's Eastern Region in Bloomington and Pontiac, Illinois.
Plantar fasciitis is a fairly common condition affecting the ligament structure that supports the arch of the foot, called the plantar fascia. It is marked by pain in the heel and bottom of the foot caused by small tears in the plantar fascia, which typically result from repeated stress placed on the ligament.
While pain from plantar fasciitis is often very noticeable during exercise, most people notice discomfort right after waking up. The condition is most common in people who pronate, or turn their feet inward while walking, and is also associated with being overweight. Sometimes, individuals develop plantar fasciitis by consistently failing to stretch before exercising, which leads to tightness in the calf muscles and tendons in the leg and foot. The condition also frequently affects individuals whose jobs require a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces, especially when they wear shoes without sufficient arch support. For this reason, women who often wear high-heeled shoes may be at a heightened risk for developing plantar fasciitis.
Physicians can confirm a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis with a simple X-ray. Fortunately, patients can manage the condition with simple strategies and lifestyle changes, such as managing their weight and wearing properly fitting shoes with sufficient arch support. Doctors often also prescribe steroids or anti-inflammatory medications to address the issue. Regular stretching and exercise aimed at increasing the flexibility of the calf and foot can also be effective, as can the use of a Strassburg sock, which is worn while sleeping to gradually increase the plantar fascia’s range of motion.
As Medical Director of OSF St. Joseph Medical Center’s PromptCare, Dr. Lamont Tyler takes pride in the diverse array of services offered to all individuals on a walk-in basis.