14 Aug Your Heel Pain could be Plantar Fasciitis
Heel pain is often the result of plantar fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that involves inflammation of the long, dense band of connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
Repetitive strain on the plantar fascia can cause tiny tears in the ligament. With an increase in tension, the tearing, inflammation and irritation of the affected area may increase.
Foot arch problems (flat foot and high arches); excess weight; running; and a tight Achilles tendon may further aggravate the problem.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain on the bottom of the heel that develops gradually. The pain is usually worst in the morning and after sitting or standing for long periods.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
The following may be used to relieve pain associated with plantar fasciitis –
- Limit and/or avoid activities that hurt your heels.
- Icing the affected area can relieve pain and reduce swelling.
- Stretch your heel at regular intervals, especially when you wake up.
- Wear shoes that provide good arch support and a cushioned sole.
- Consult your foot doctor about orthotics, shoe inserts and pads to relieve your heel pain.
- Stretching exercises or physical therapy may help to relieve pain.
- Surgery may be required if the pain doesn’t go away with conservative treatments.
To learn more about orthotics treatment in Phoenix, Arizona, consult an experienced podiatrist at Oasis Foot and Ankle to get you back on your feet as soon as possible. Call 602-993-2700 to book an appointment today.