Plantar fasciitis is a real and literal pain in your foot that causes swelling on the plantar fascia, the ligament on the bottom of the foot that supports the arch. If the plantar fascia is strained, it can become significantly swollen, causing pain in the heel when walking or participating in any other movement. Repeated strains can cause minute tears in the ligament, causing a sharp and aching feeling that often begins when you first get up out of bed in the morning. The tricky part about plantar fasciitis is that it can get better throughout the day but then suddenly occur again after you’ve rested your feet. If untreated, the damage to the plantar fascia can eventually lead to plantar fasciitis. This condition can be triggered by long periods of standing, being overweight, aging or flat feet.
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes for heel pain in patients with foot and ankle issues. The following ways can help relieve heel discomfort from plantar fasciitis:
● Seeing a podiatrist for an assessment and proper diagnosis. The first step of identifying the exact issue and cause is important to facilitate an effective treatment plan.
● Physical therapy for reducing pain and swelling.
● Using orthotics can be very beneficial to redirecting stress away from the plantar fascia and allowing it to heal in the process. These devices can be custom made to fit the exact contours and needs of your feet.
● Anti-inflammatories can aid in reducing pain and swelling, which can encourage healing to occur at a faster rate.
● Cold therapy to decrease pain and inflammation.
Cange Podiatry Inc., located in Ellicott City and Glen Burnie, MD, is a podiatry practice that treats a wide variety of foot and ankle issues. Our foot doctor, Darlyne Cange, DPM, has successfully treated heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and can provide your feet with targeted treatment and the tools needed to keep your heels going strong! So, please contact us and make an appointment with our offices to get your foot health back.