Heel pain is a common symptom that can be indicative of plantar fasciitis. This condition is characterized by severe pain and discomfort in the heel and arch areas, and it is often difficult to walk. Patients who have plantar fasciitis may find that the pain can be most severe after arising in the morning. It can be helpful to wear shoes that have an exaggerated arch and heel support, as this may provide the cushioning that the feet need. There are simple stretches that can help relieve the pain from plantar fasciitis, in addition to strengthening the affected area. These can include standing on a step and gently lowering one heel at a time until a stretch is felt. If you have any type of foot pain, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can treat this condition.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact David Jenson, DPM, FAENS from Jenson Foot and Ankle Specialist. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
- Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
- Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
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