Find out if your heel pain is due to this common inflammatory condition.
Is heel pain making day-to-day tasks more difficult? Do you wake up with stabbing pain and stiffness? Then you could be dealing with a case of plantar fasciitis. Find out more about this condition and when to see your Olney podiatrists for treatment.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This is one of the most common causes of heel pain in many of our patients. This condition causes the band of tissue known as the plantar fascia to become inflamed. This tissue runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to your toes.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia act as shock absorbers and also help to support the arches in your feet. If there is too much tension in this band of tissue it can cause small tears to form. Constant tearing or stretching can irritate the fascia, which causes plantar fasciitis to develop.
Who is at risk?
Runners and those who are physically active are more likely to develop heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. Older individuals and those who are overweight or obese are also more likely to experience plantar fasciitis at some point in their lives. If you are at risk for heel pain, talk to your Olney podiatrists about the best ways to prevent this condition from happening to you.
What are the symptoms of this condition?
Pain and inflammation are the two most common symptoms associated with plantar fasciitis. The pain is usually stabbing and severe, particularly in the morning when you first wake up. Once the patient begins to move around they may find that the pain lessens. Physical activity or standing for long periods of time may exacerbate your symptoms.
When should I see my Olney podiatrist about plantar fasciitis?
If you are experiencing heel pain that is affecting your daily activities or that doesn’t go away with conservative measures such as rest, taping, icing and taking pain relievers then it’s time to call us. We will go through your medical history and run a series of tests to decide whether plantar fasciitis is the root cause of your condition.
What treatments are available to eliminate my heel pain?
There is a variety of ways to handle your heel pain, depending on the severity of your symptoms. Many patients achieve the proper relief they need by resting their feet, wearing braces or other supportive footwear, taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications and icing their heel.
Those who don’t find relief from these options, or those who have more serious symptoms may require steroid injections, prescription medications or shockwave therapy to reduce both pain and swelling. Rarely is surgery required for this condition unless symptoms don’t improve over several months.
Don’t let heel pain keep you from living your life. Call your Olney podiatrists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland today. Let our expert staff alleviate your pain and discomfort.