Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis
Painful with every step you take. You never thought your feet would feel so bad, but plantar fasciitis has impacted your life. At AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, VA, Dr. Jesse Anderson eases plantar fasciitis symptoms with orthotics and other common sense interventions. You can feel better and forget about foot pain.
Simply put, this acquired podiatric condition is inflammatory, causing substantial discomfort, particularly first thing in the morning. Plantar fasciitis involves an overstretching of the connective tissue between the heel bone and base of the toes. At AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, Dr. Anderson listens carefully to patient's symptoms, does a simple exam and gait analysis and may take X-rays, too.
The diagnosis of plantar fasciitis centers on:
- Soreness across the bottom of the foot
- Improper gait (overpronation)
- Sharp pain in the heel or a general aching across the bottom of the foot
- Heel spurs (bony projections off the front of the calcaneus bone)
- Tingling and burning across the arch
Plantar fasciitis is caused by a number of factors including excess body weight, age, overuse and repetitive motion, tightened calf muscles, high arches and more. Typically, your causes are different from anyone else's, and as such, Dr. Anderson will customize a care plan specific to your needs and goals.
Easing your symptoms
Your treatment plan may include:
- Resting and elevating your feet
- Stretching your calf muscles first thing in the morning and through out the day
- Ice to the bottom of your feet to relieve inflammation
- Losing weight
- Wearing quality footwear with support in the arches
- Customized orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Over the counter analgesics or cortisone injections to relieve pain and inflammation
Customized orthotics from your Suffolk and Norfolk podiatrist provide support, protection and gait correction for aching feet. They are tailor-made to your foot structure and fit within your shoes exactly.
Soft orthotic materials are right for diabetics who may have co-existing sores or neuropathy Rigid materials, such as carbon graphite, protect deformities, and semi-rigid orthotics provide the balance and flexibility a runner or other athlete requires, explains the American Academy of Pediatric Sports Medicine.
Move and feel better
When you treat your feet to care from Dr. Jesse Anderson at AAL Podiatry in Suffolk and Norfolk, you'll manage your plantar fasciitis with orthotics and other sensible interventions which really work. Call us for a consultation, won't you? We have two locations to serve you. In Norfolk, VA, call (757) 625-2962. In Suffolk, phone us at (757) 539-2098.
While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.
The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.
Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:
- Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
- Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
- Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
- Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.
Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs
Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the long, dense band of connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Repeated strain on the plantar fascia can cause tiny tears in the ligament. As tension and tearing increases, so does inflammation and irritation of the affected area. Risk factors of plantar fasciitis include foot arch problems (flat foot and high arches); excess weight; running; and a tight Achilles tendon.
The most common complaint of plantar fasciitis is pain in the bottom of the heel that develops gradually. The pain is usually worse in the morning and after sitting or standing for a long period of time. For some, the pain subsides after walking or stretching.
To reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis:
- Rest. Limit and/or avoid activities that make your heel hurt.
- Ice. Reduce pain and swelling by icing the affected area each day.
- Stretch. Stretch your heel throughout the day, especially when you first wake up in the morning.
- Footwear modifications. Wear shoes that provide good arch support and a cushioned sole. Ask your podiatrist about pads and shoe inserts to relieve your heel pain.
When conservative treatments aren't effective or your pain persists for more than a few weeks, schedule an appointment with AAL Podiatry Associates to discuss your symptoms and treatment options. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs. This may include, stretching exercises, shoe padding, orthotic devices, night splints or therapy. Most patients respond to non-surgical treatments, but for pain that won't go away, surgery may be considered.
With proper rest and treatment, recovering from plantar fasciitis can take just a few months. Visit us at AAL Podiatry Associates when you first experience pain for a proper diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs.