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Are you dealing with reccurent pain in your heel or arch? Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, and Kensington, MD, our board-certified podiatrists can diagnose and explain what might be causing your discomfort. Read on to learn if your podiatric issue could be plantar fasciitis, one of the most common heel pain issues that we deal with.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is the ligament that supports the arch of your foot. When this tissue becomes inflamed due to overpronation or overuse, it causes pain to erupt on the bottom of your foot and along the heel, resulting in a condition called plantar fasciitis. The pain of plantar fasciitis is persistent, but it can be managed with easy remedies, techniques, and our assistance.
Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?
A diagnosis is made during a physical examination by one of the podiatrists in the office. At each of our Family Foot and Ankle Associates locations, we are committed to identifying the source of your pain and exploring non-invasive treatment solutions.
Give one of our offices in Olney, Camp Springs/Clinton, Silver Spring, or Kensington, MD, a call if you experience:
- Pain in the sole of the foot
- Tenderness in the arch
- Sharp pain in the foot or heel
You should never ignore your foot problems. We can help you make it a priority to take care of your feet.
What Are My Treatment Options?
The good news is that plantar fasciitis is treatable and you can be back on your feet in no time. To relieve aching and pain caused by plantar fasciitis, we may recommend the following to decrease inflammation:
- Ice packs
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Orthotic devices
- Anti-inflammatory medication
Need Relief? Give Us a Call
Here at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland, we welcome new patients who live near any of our four convenient locations. If you live in the area and suffer from inflammation and discomfort in your heel(s), one of our many board-certified podiatrists will be delighted to develop a treatment plan for the best possible outcome to alleviate your pain. To learn more about plantar fasciitis and other conditions we treat, visit our website. For questions or concerns, please call your nearest location. (Olney) 301-924-5044, (Camp Springs/Clinton) 301-868-7670, (Silver Spring) 301-439-0300, or (Kensington) 301-942-8110.
No matter whether you are dealing with a minor sports-related foot injury or something more serious, our Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD, podiatrists Dr. Michael Frank, Dr. Marc Goldberg and Dr. Adam Lowy are here to create the right treatment plan to meet your needs. It’s important that your feet and ankles get the care and treatment they need to prevent further issues or complications down the road.
Here are some of the most common sports-related foot and ankle injuries:
Sprained ankle: This is one of the most common injuries. Ankles are fragile so it should come as no surprise that athletes often deal with ankle injuries at some point during their lifetime. An ankle sprain usually occurs when the foot twists or rolls suddenly.
Plantar fasciitis: This condition happens when the tissue that supports the arches of the foot (known as the plantar fascia) becomes inflamed. This occurs most often in runners, and it causes pain and stiffness at the bottom of the heel and sometimes the arches. Heel pain is usually worse in the morning or after long periods of inactivity.
Stress fractures: This injury causes small cracks in the bones of the feet or the ankles, usually as a result of overworked and strained muscles. Overuse is the number one reason athletes deal with stress fractures, while improper or worn-out footwear can also be to blame.
Heel spur: Another common cause of heel pain in athletes, a heel spur is a calcium deposit that causes a bony bump either above or below the heel bone. Many times heel spurs appear along with plantar fasciitis.
Achilles tendinitis: The Achilles tendon is a thick band of muscle that connects the back of the heel to the calf muscles. When this tendon is inflamed it causes heel pain above the heel bone. Just like plantar fasciitis, this is also an overuse injury.
When to See a Podiatrist
While more minor sports injuries may be able to be treated with rest and simple at-home care it’s also important to know when you should visit your foot doctor right away for evaluation or treatment. Here’s when to see a podiatrist:
- Pain and/or swelling is severe
- You are unable to put weight on the foot
- There is a visible deformity in the foot or ankle
- You heard an audible popping sound at the moment of injury
- You experience numbness, weakness or tingling
- If symptoms aren’t improving after a week of at-home care or if symptoms are getting worse
If you have questions or concerns about the health of your feet and ankles do not hesitate to contact the experts at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We are proud to serve Olney, Silver Spring, Camp Springs/Clinton, and Kensington, MD. Call our office today to schedule an appointment with us.
Dealing with heel pain? You could just have plantar fasciitis.
If you are dealing with sudden heel pain, our Clinton, MD, podiatrists are here to tell you what might be going on and what they can do to relieve your pain.
What is plantar fasciitis?
There is a thick band of tissue that runs under the soles of your feet from the heel bone to the toes. This band of tissue is known as the plantar fascia. This ligament can become inflamed if it’s been overworked or strained, which often happens in you suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your workout regimen. When the ligament develops microtears and becomes inflamed this is known as plantar fasciitis.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. In fact, this condition is the number one cause of heel pain. The pain may even radiate to the arches of your feet. Often times, plantar fasciitis-related heel pain will be worse in the morning or after periods of rest.
You may find that the pain dissipates throughout the day and you may not even notice discomfort during physical activity but the moment you take a break this is when the pain sets in. Along with foot pain, you may notice that the heel is tender, swollen or stiff.
How do you treat plantar fasciitis?
Luckily, this condition can often be treated with simple at-home measures. As our Clinton, MD, foot doctors will tell you, one of the most important things you can do is rest and be kind to your feet. Sure, we know that it can be difficult to take time to rest (particularly if you are on vacation and wanting to sightsee) but it’s important to prop those feet up often throughout the day and give them a break.
When you do have to move around it’s crucial that you wear shoes that provide proper support, stability and shock absorption, particularly around the arches and heel. In some cases, we can also make a prescription orthotic to place inside the shoes to offer additional support and cushioning while your foot heals. Some people also find relief from their symptoms by just bracing or splinting the foot.
We can also show you a variety of foot exercises that you can perform multiple times a day to ease symptoms, prevent flare-ups and to strengthen and stretch out the muscles, ligaments and other soft tissues of the feet.
Don’t let foot pain ruin your day-to-day life. If you are having trouble getting your foot pain under control then it’s time to turn to the foot care specialists at Family Foot and Ankle Associates of Maryland. We offer comprehensive podiatric services throughout the Olney, Clinton, Kensington and Silver Spring, MD, areas.
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.