Dealing with heel and foot pain? Find out if it could be plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the leading cause of heel pain, so chances are good that if you suddenly noticed foot pain radiating under the heel and even to the arches of your foot then you may be dealing with an unpleasant bout of plantar fasciitis. So, how do you know if it’s plantar fasciitis and does this require a trip to see our podiatrists in Wyomissing, PA and Morgantown, PA.? Let’s find out!
What is plantar fasciitis?
Along the soles of your feet from your toes to your heel is a thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. Not only does it support your heels but also the arches of your feet, as well. Unfortunately, this tissue can become overworked or overstretched, leading to inflammation that results in plantar fasciitis.
What are the warning signs of plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis mostly presents with heel or arch pain in one foot. This problem is common among runners, hikers and athletes. The heel pain is typically worse in the morning when first getting out of bed but symptoms may ease us as the muscles and ligaments of the foot warm up. You may also experience swelling or stiffness.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
You’ll be happy to hear that most people will recover from this condition with rest, appropriate and supportive footwear, and custom orthotics (shoe inserts). However, this isn’t the case for everyone. Unfortunately, some cases of plantar fasciitis can become chronic if not properly cared for.
It's a good idea to call our foot doctors in Wyomissing, PA and Morgantown, PA, if:
- Symptoms do not improve or get worse after a week of at-home care
- You notice bruising or redness on or around the heel
- Your pain or swelling is severe
- Your heel pain is affecting your ability to walk
What will a podiatrist do to help?
First, we will need to examine the foot to determine if plantar fasciitis is really the root cause of your heel pain or whether something else may be at play here. This is particularly important if you’ve been resting and taking care of your foot and haven’t noticed that symptoms have eased up.
In some cases your foot doctor may recommend:
- Steroid injections
- Physical therapy and rehab
- Special stretches
- Surgery (for persistent heel pain)
Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing, PA and our Twin Valley location in Morgantown, PA is dedicated to providing patients of all ages with the comprehensive foot and ankle care they deserve. If heel and foot pain is affecting your day-to-day activities then it’s time to give us a call.