Heel pain, often attributed to plantar fasciitis, is a frequent complaint that affects individuals of all ages and activity levels. The plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that supports the arch of the foot, can become inflamed and damaged, leading to persistent discomfort. Plantar fasciitis typically manifests as sharp, stabbing pain in the heel, particularly with the first steps in the morning or after long periods of rest. This pain often eases with activity but can return after periods of standing or walking. The condition is usually a result of repetitive strain, such as excessive use, which leads to micro-tears in the plantar fascia. Addressing heel pain and plantar fasciitis often involves a multi-faceted approach. Understanding the causes and treatment options for heel pain and plantar fasciitis is the first step in finding relief from this common, yet manageable, foot ailment. If you are experiencing persistent heel pain, it is suggested that you speak to a podiatrist who can determine the most appropriate approach to treating plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Paul Drucker from NYC Foot Care, PC. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
- Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia
How Can It Be Treated?
- Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
- Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel
While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.
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