Foot Pain from Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar Fasciitis is the most common type of Heel Pain and it can be extremely painful. What should you know about treatment?
What is Planter Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It involves inflammation of a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).
Plantar fasciitis commonly causes stabbing pain that usually occurs with your first steps in the morning. As you get up and move, the pain normally decreases, but it might return after long periods of standing or when you stand up after sitting.
Plantar fasciitis is more common in runners. People who are overweight and those who wear shoes with inadequate support also have an increased risk of plantar fasciitis.
Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover in several months with conservative treatment, including resting, icing the painful area and stretching.
Stretching and strengthening exercises or using special devices may relieve symptoms. They include:
• Physical therapy. A physical therapist or Chiropodist can show you a series of exercises to stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon and to strengthen lower leg muscles. A therapist might also teach you to apply athletic taping to support the bottom of your foot.
• Night splints. Your physical therapist or doctor might recommend that you wear a splint that stretches your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep. This holds the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position overnight to promote stretching.
• Custom Orthotics. Your doctor might prescribe a custom orthotic (fitted arch supports) to help distribute pressure to your feet more evenly.
Parkway Back and Foot Pain Clinic, in Stoney Creek, is a Full-Service Pain Management Clinic Since 2002 and can help you with your foot pain. Dr. Hard, their Chiropractor and Danielle Willis, Chiropodist are available for a consultation to determine the right treatment for you.