Plantar Fasciitis is No Laughing Matter
Plantar fasciitis is more often than not the cause of heel pain. This is the case because when it tears from the bone of the heel, it can become inflamed and cause varying levels of discomfort. The plantar fascia is a band of muscles at the foot’s base. This location helps explain why pain is most severe when taking the first steps in the morning as that is the first time the sole of the foot absorbs pressure after resting overnight. This condition is most prone in those who stand for long periods of time, those who are obese, older in age, have overworked calves, have high arches and those who may be suffering from Achilles tendonitis because they involve the calves. Activities that give rise to this condition include walking with incorrectly fitting shoes with poor soles or any other designs that increase pain in the arch of the foot.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Foot massages that are targeted and developed to treat heel pain are especially helpful in reducing pain from this condition.
- Physical therapy can be beneficial to reducing heel pain and swelling. This can also incorporate stretching to provide greater results.
- Utilizing foot support devices such as shoe inserts.
- Taking medications such as anti-inflammatories.
- Using ice therapy to reduce swelling.
This condition can be painful and lead to significant reduction in mobility. By not following through with the correct treatment, this condition may lead to significant pain and complications. To avoid unnecessary pain and hindrances to your mobility, we suggest that you contact us for a consultation and proper diagnosis if required. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, will strive to ensure that your heel is a pain free zone from this condition and will help to give you the best chance of eliminating the source of this discomfort in the future. Therefore, take the time to make an appointment with us by calling our office at 504-302-1586 and start the process of saving your heels from additional agony!