Have you been struggling with heel pain? It could be caused by plantar fasciitis, a common podiatric condition that can make even simple movements incredibly difficult. Fortunately, your Asheville, NC, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Walman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, offers treatments designed to ease your plantar fasciitis pain—read on to learn more!
Inflammation is responsible for plantar fasciitis pain
Plantar fasciitis pain is caused by an inflammation in the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that links your toes to your heel. The fascia not only supports your arch, but it also acts as a shock absorber. Pain can occur due to tiny tears in the fascia that cause inflammation and stiffness.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms can make everyday tasks more difficult
Walking through the grocery store or participating in your favorite form of exercise can become harder than expected if you develop plantar fasciitis. Have you noticed that your heel feels particularly painful first thing in the morning? Plantar fasciitis tends to be worse when you walk or stand after you've been inactive for a while.
Some people are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis than others
Plantar fasciitis often affects people who are between 40 and 60. The problem can be traced to an age-related flattening of the foot, which may put added stress on the plantar fascia. Being overweight or obese can also stress your fascia and cause inflammation.
Teachers, factory workers, and other people who spend most of the day on their feet may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Your risk may increase if you have tight calf muscles, high arches, run for exercise, or train too long/too hard.
Your Asheville podiatrist can help you ease your pain
Resting your foot and using a combination of ice and over-the-counter pain medication can be very helpful if you have plantar fasciitis. If your pain persists despite this home treatment, your foot doctor may recommend physical therapy, ultrasound therapy, steroid injections, or night splints. The splints stretch your fascia while you sleep, reducing inflammation.
Steroid injections may be recommended if you have severe pain. Surgery isn't usually necessary but it may be an option if your pain doesn't improve after trying other treatments.
Need relief? Give us a call
Contact your Asheville, NC, podiatrist, Dr. Daniel Walman of Blue Ridge Foot Centers, at (828) 254-5371 to schedule an appointment or visit his website: https://www.blueridgefoot.com/.