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Are You Dealing With Heel Pain?
By Marc Goldberg, D.P.M.
August 06, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Don’t let plantar fasciitis have the final say when it comes to your foot health.

Are you a runner who is currently dealing with heel pain? Even if you don’t consider yourself a runner, you may still experience heel pain at heel painsome point during your lifetime. After all, there are many risk factors and situations that can occur that can lead to inflammation and swelling of the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet. If you are dealing with heel pain, our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to tell you what might be going on and what your treatment options are.

What is plantar fasciitis?

This foot condition is one of the most common causes of heel pain; fortunately, in some cases, it can be managed with simple at-home care prescribed by our Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, foot doctor. This problem leads to microtears and inflammation within the plantar fascia, resulting in heel and even arch pain.

If you have plantar fasciitis you may notice that your heel pain is at its worst when you first wake up in the morning but may subside throughout the day as you continue to move around. You may be tempted to get your jog or run in, particularly if symptoms let up, but you may find that intense pain comes back immediately after working out. This is another warning sign that you might have plantar fasciitis.

How do you treat plantar fasciitis?

The best thing you can do is to provide your foot with the care and rest it needs to heal quickly. Of course, the goal of at-home care is to reduce your symptoms, which can be done by:

  • Avoiding exercise or high-impact activities
  • Wearing supportive shoes
  • Resting the foot as much as possible
  • Splinting or bracing the foot, particularly while you sleep
  • Using shoe inserts (orthotics) to provide additional support when walking
  • Stretching the foot and performing therapeutic foot exercises

Sometimes plantar fasciitis can become rather persistent or severe and at-home care just isn’t enough. When this happens you can turn to our foot and ankle specialists for more advanced treatment options such as corticosteroid injections, non-invasive Extra Corporeal Shock Wave Therapy or surgery (in rare cases).

Don’t let heel pain bench you. Get back in the game when you turn to our foot and ankle specialists. Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland has been providing quality foot care to the Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas for over 40 years. Call us today to find out how we can help you.