Plantar fasciitis can cause severe heel pain and may affect your ability to walk. An estimated 1 million patient visits per year are due to heel pain and account for up to 15% of all podiatric related conditions requiring treatment. The expert team at Kalmar Family Podiatry in Huntington, New York, offers a range of effective treatments for plantar fasciitis that can relieve your pain and help restore normal function. Find out more about plantar fasciitis treatments by calling Kalmar Family Podiatry today, or book an appointment online.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed, causing pain in the heel. The plantar fascia is a band of thick inelastic fibrous tissue that starts at your heel and ends at your toes, and it supports the arch of your foot.
If the plantar fascia becomes overstressed, irritated or stiff, this can lead to heel pain and inflammation known as plantar fasciitis.
This form of heel pain is rarely caused by a single incident/trauma to the foot. Some common causes of plantar fasciitis include:
Your feet have to carry the weight of your entire body, so being overweight, not supporting your feet with appropriate footwear, and not giving your feet enough rest can add to the strain on the plantar fascia. Not taking good care of your feet can cause several painful foot problems apart from plantar fasciitis.
There are many different symptoms that relate to plantar fasciitis with pain to the bottom of the heel being the most common. The pain can also travel along the bottom of your foot, which corresponds to the course of the plantar fascia. This can lead to arch pain. Other symptoms include:
There are several ways in which you can ease the pain of plantar fasciitis. Rolling a frozen water bottle helps soothe inflammation, and you should rest the foot as much as you can without being immobile.
Stretching your calf muscles helps to strengthen your heels, and you should always wear footwear that supports your feet correctly. You can also purchase supportive over-the-counter insoles or, better yet, get custom orthotics that help relieve the pain of plantar fasciitis and support your feet. We urge you to be cautious with purchasing over the counter orthosis. Just because they say plantar fasciitis on the box doesn’t mean that is a device we would recommend. If you have questions you can bring them to your visit.
If you’ve tried home treatments and you’re not getting relief from the pain, don’t delay in contacting a foot specialist at Kalmar Family Podiatry. There are many sources of heel pain and not all cases are plantar fasciitis. As a result, in order to effectively treat your pain, it is critical to determine the cause of the problem. The experienced team of podiatrists will appropriately diagnose your heel pain and then offer customized treatments geared towards becoming pain-free.
If you have heel pain, let the caring team at Kalmar Family Podiatry ease your discomfort and find a permanent solution to the problem. Call the office today, or book an appointment online.