How your podiatrists in Wyomissing and Morgantown PA can help if you have plantar fasciitis
Do your heels hurt, especially when you wake up and try to put weight on them? If so, you might have plantar fasciitis. It’s a painful foot condition that affects runners but others can get it too. The good news is that your Wyomissing podiatrist can help. The podiatrists at Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing and Morgantown PA offer a comprehensive selection of foot care services, including effective plantar fasciitis treatment.
Do I Have Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is caused by inflammation of the thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, which runs across your heel. It causes sharp, stabbing pain in your heel and along the side of your foot. The pain often becomes worse when you first wake up in the morning and try to stand.
Plantar fasciitis is common among athletes who stress out their feet with running, jogging, tennis, and other high-impact sports. You can also get plantar fasciitis from overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk, and from standing or walking on hard surfaces for extended periods. You may also be at higher risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you have flat feet, or you are overweight. Talk to your Wyomissing podiatrist about these risk factors and how they affect you.
For mild symptoms, you can try a few simple remedies at home like these:
- Placing ice on your heel for 15 minutes, several times each day
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
- Stretching your arches several times each day
- Changing to more supportive shoes
For more severe, persistent symptoms, it’s best to seek out the skills of your Wyomissing podiatrist. At Berkshire Podiatry Center, your podiatrist may recommend:
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises to increase flexibility and mobility
- Wearing custom-made orthotics and footwear to provide better support and cushioning
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling and pain
You don’t have to struggle with painful plantar fasciitis. You can get some relief quickly, but you need to call the podiatrists of Berkshire Podiatry Center in Wyomissing PA at (610) 373-4154. For our Morgantown PA office, call (610) 286-6340. Call now and help your feet feel better!