Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. The condition can make walking and standing difficult and painful. Plantar fasciitis should be treated by a podiatrist.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue running across your heel, becomes inflamed.
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
There are several causes of plantar fasciitis, including:
Overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk
Having flat feet, being older, or being overweight
Standing or walking on hard surfaces for extended periods
Running, jogging, or performing other activities with a high degree of foot stress
The Signs and Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
One of the most common symptoms you will notice is stabbing pain in the heel or arch of your foot. The pain can also travel along the side of your foot. This pain may:
Be worse in the morning when you first wake up
Increase when you stand from a seated position
Increase after exercising or being active
What You Can Try For Mild Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Pain
Home remedies may provide some relief from mild plantar fasciitis and heel pain. You can try:
Icing your heel several times each day
Stretching your arches every day
Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
Switching to more supportive, comfortable shoes and never going barefoot
Professional Treatments for Moderate To Severe Plantar Fasciitis Pain
Your podiatrist can help you achieve relief from moderate to severe plantar fasciitis pain. Common professional treatments for plantar fasciitis and heel pain include:
Physical therapy to maintain flexibility and mobility
Custom-fit orthotics to provide arch and foot support
Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication
Cortisone injections around your heel
Other Causes of Heel Pain
Heel pain can also be caused from stepping on hard, sharp objects, causing a heel bruise. Excess deposits of calcium can also cause a heel spur.
To learn more about the causes, signs, symptoms, and treatment of plantar fasciitis and heel pain, call Dr. Barry Schoenberg and Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz at Palisades Podiatry Associates. You can reach them in the Pomona, NY, office by calling (845) 362-0100, or in Tappan, NY, at (845) 359-1200, so call now.