Find out what might be causing your heel pain.
With Americans spending so much of their lives on their feet, it’s no surprise that heel pain is a common complaint. From wearing worn or improperly fitted shoes to suddenly increasing the length of a run, there are many reasons why heel pain may develop. From the office of our Phoenix podiatrist Dr. Michael Dershowitz, here are some common symptoms you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis related heel pain.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that runs the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel bone. This ligament is responsible for providing the arches with support. If the fascia is overstretched or strained this can lead to inflammation or plantar fasciitis.
What are the symptoms of plantar fasciitis?
The classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing heel pain that is often worse in the morning or after bouts of inactivity. Whenever you rest, the ligament relaxes but when you stand up or move around this can stretch the inflamed ligament, which results in severe pain at the bottom of the heel that may extend to the arches. You may also notice swelling and stiffness around the heel.
How should I treat plantar fasciitis?
Even though this is a common condition it’s important that you get the proper care you need and to not ignore your heel pain. Rest is crucial to proper healing. Avoid any high-impact exercises or activities that might exacerbate the inflamed heel.
Conservative care is sometimes all that’s needed to treat plantar fasciitis. If you’ve dealt with this problem before then chances are you recognize your symptoms; however, if you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see your Phoenix foot doctor to find out if you are dealing with plantar fasciitis. After all, there are several causes of heel pain and it’s important to know the best way to treat the problem.
Options for treating plantar fasciitis-related heel pain include,
- Stretching exercises
- Wearing proper footwear that provides support
- Resting and elevating the foot
- Splinting or bracing the foot, especially during the night
- Wearing custom orthotics
- MLS laser treatment
- Injection therapy
If you are dealing with persistent or recurring heel pain in Phoenix or Glendale, AZ, it may be time to turn to our foot specialists for some answers. Call Southwest Foot Institute today to get your heel pain under control.