While heel pain is common it doesn’t mean that it should go ignored. It’s important to understand when aches and pains may go away on their own and when you may need to turn to our Colorado Springs podiatrists Dr. Eric Gessner, Dr. Bryan Groth, and Dr. Jacob Fassman podiatrist for more individualized and tailored care. There are many causes of heel pain but the most common cause is plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a common foot problem that occurs when the ligament that runs the length of the foot (known as the plantar fascia) is overstretched or overworked. The plantar fascia connects the toes to the heel and provides support for the arches of the foot. When there is too much force or pressure placed on the ligament this leads to heel pain and stiffness.
How do I know that I have plantar fasciitis?
Heel pain is the number one complaint when someone has plantar fasciitis; however, there are many causes of heel pain so if you’ve never had heel pain before or if you are experiencing new symptoms it’s important that you see your foot doctor in Colorado Springs for a diagnosis.
Plantar fasciitis-related heel pain occurs at the bottom of the heel and may radiate to the arches. Pain is often worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting. Sometimes climbing stairs can also make the pain worse. Oddly enough, people with plantar fasciitis are more likely to experience pain as a result of inflammation after performing a certain activity rather than experiencing pain during the activity.
How do you treat plantar fasciitis?
It’s possible to treat this problem from the comfort of your own home. Rest as much as possible and avoid certain activities such as running, which could make problems worse. Taking an anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen can also reduce inflammation.
Wearing arch support or shoes that provide stabilization and proper cushioning for the feet will also be paramount to helping your feet heal. If you’ve been caring for your feet for more than a week and don’t notice any changes in your symptoms then it’s time to turn to a podiatrist for other more effective treatment options such as steroid injections and ultrasound therapy.
Are you dealing with persistent or severe heel pain in Colorado Springs, CO? Are you having trouble getting your heel pain under control? If so, then call Colorado Foot and Ankle today to schedule a consultation with one of our foot specialists.