Are you experiencing heel pain? Plantar Fasciitis is the most common condition which causes such discomfort. This condition is characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia — a tough, fibrous band of tissue that runs along the sole of the foot. When you put pressure and weight on the heel of the foot, it can cause pain. With overuse, such as walking or standing, the tension will increase as the fascia loses elasticity and resilience and becomes irritated with your daily routine.
Unraveling Plantar Fasciitis
The plantar fascia is a band of tissue called the fascia, which connects your heel bone to the base of your toes. It assists with arch support and absorbs the shock of walking, running, and standing to help reduce strain on the joints. Common causes of Plantar Fasciitis are overuse, repeated strain causing inflammation, and injury.
Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:
- Heel pain, often starting in the morning or after rest.
- Dull, constant aching of the heel.
- Sharp and stabbing pain when putting pressure on the foot.
- Worsening pain after walking or exercising.
Diagnosis and Assessment of Plantar Fasciitis
The first step in diagnosing potential plantar fasciitis is visiting a doctor who will conduct several assessments to diagnose the condition and its severity. Before an appointment, you can look for the early warning signs of manifesting symptoms and seek medical advice when it becomes constant or overwhelming. A doctor will likely put light pressure on the heel and feet, checking for tenderness and pain response. Afterward, you will probably need an imaging report through an ultrasound, X-ray, or MRI, with X-rays used to rule out or confirm the possibility of bone spurs or skeletal issues.
Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
There are several treatment options for plantar fasciitis, with the most common including:
- Physical Therapy: Physical therapy involves meeting with a physiotherapist who can help develop exercises, stretches, and good routines to help reduce pain.
- Orthotics: Dynamic insoles, heel cushions, prefabricated commercial foot orthoses, and custom foot orthoses are all potential orthotics, the choice of which will depend upon your anatomy. If you have flat feet, are overweight, or have high arches, you may need orthotics with more support.
- Surgical Intervention: As a last resort, your doctor may recommend surgery. Surgical intervention should never be the first option and should only be considered when other, less invasive methods are exhausted.
Preventative And Maintenance Changes You Can Start Today to Relieve Plantar Fasciitis
Footwear matters when you have or think you may have plantar fasciitis. Wear comfortable shoes with proper arch support, which bind snugly to the feet. Proper footwear can make a massive difference in helping to maintain a healthy gait and much-needed support. Daily exercises can include:
- Foot massages
- Morning warm-ups to stretch out the feet and arches
- Taking regular rests when walking or standing for extended periods
Finally, your weight can make a difference when experiencing foot and heel pain. The less of a load that your feet need to take helps to reduce any further damage while also limiting your current discomfort. Therefore, it is essential to have a healthy diet and exercise routine that doesn’t add to the condition. Trying things like swimming and biking are two excellent ways to stay healthy and reduce stress on your feet.
Macomb Pain Management Can Help You Find Relief from Plantar Fasciitis
Macomb Pain Management is dedicated to keeping you on your feet while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. The best option for combating plantar fasciitis is early intervention, which you can start on the path today. Call us at (248) 844-8281 or complete our online contact form to begin your journey to pain relief and a better tomorrow.