Beat Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is a well-known cause of the pain that you can feel in your heel. This happens because the plantar fascia is a ligament that connects the heel bone to the toes and offers support for the arch. When this ligament is stressed, it becomes weak and swollen. If there is periodic pressure, there can be many tiny tears that occur. Plantar fasciitis happens in high numbers to older people but can also occur in athletes. Factors leading to plantar fascia include high arches, placing pressure on the feet for long periods of time on hard surfaces, obesity and of course, narrow shoes. Having high arches or flat feet are especially notorious for producing plantar fasciitis. Lastly, having tight Achilles tendons can also make you more prone to develop plantar fasciitis. Heel pain can be very debilitating and you do not want to wait until it’s too late to obtain effective treatment.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Get some physical therapy to get a grip on pain management. You need to strengthen your lower leg muscles that assist with stability when mobile. By doing so, you can lower the amount of pressure on your plantar fascia.
- Take the proper precautions when participating in high intensity activities.
- Use orthotics to help distribute pressure to parts of the foot other than the heel. This will be immensely beneficial when spending long amounts of time on your feet.
- Wear comfortable shoes with plenty of padding and wide toe boxes to ensure that your feet do not have to be exposed to more stress than they have to.
- Surgical procedures may be necessary to fix heel pain.
Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM will do what it takes to help your heel pain by using the latest treatment methods tailored to your feet.Call our office at 504-302-1586 today to schedule an appointment and step away from your heel pain!