Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. The pain is often a stabbing pain that is worse when standing. It’s cause is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick ligament that runs from the heel bone to the toes.
This condition is most common in those who stand a lot as well as runners. Additionally, those who are overweight and those who wear shoes without adequate support. You are also more likely to have this problem if:
• Your feet roll inwards when you walk
• You have tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
• You have high arches or flat feet
• Your shoes do not fit properly
You should see a podiatric physician if your pain is persistent. He can diagnose plantar fasciitis by observing you standing, walking, and listening to your symptoms. Treatment can take several routes. The doctor may suggest that you try to stay off of your feet to give them a rest for a certain period of time. Additionally, over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or naproxen may be recommended. Icing the heel of the foot may also help to reduce swelling that may occur with this condition. The specialist may also suggest specific stretches to try and new, supportive shoes. Custom made orthotics, shoe inserts, may help your feet to be properly supported. This may help reduce the pain and keep it away.
Pain from plantar fasciitis usually takes a few weeks to a few months to totally go away. Patients need to stick to their treatment plans to see the benefit from them. In addition, they need to learn about the good habits they should follow to keep feet healthy and free from pain. In Mesa, AZ, contact Dr. Brett Roeder for a consultation to help ease the pain.