Preventing Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain, often due to plantar fasciitis, results from chronic overuse of the plantar fascia, a thick tissue on the foot's sole that connects the heel bone to the toes and forms the arch. The most common symptom is heel pain which is typically at its worst with the first few steps after awakening. Causes encompass overuse, biomechanical abnormalities, tight or weak calf muscles, and big toe issues. Diagnosis involves a physical exam and may require imaging. This can be quite painful and interfere with comfortable functioning. It is better to try and prevent this condition than to experience it and have it treated. Preventative measures include calf stretching, plantar fascia stretches, weight management, supportive footwear, and possibly using custom-made orthotics. If you have heel pain or would like to know more about preventing it, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist who can provide treatment and any information that can help you take the best care of your feet.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our doctors from New England Foot & Ankle . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
- Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
- Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Wakefield, MA, Nashua and Derry, NH . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.