Plantar fasciitis is actually a very common source of heel pain for many individuals. It’s basically long-lasting inflammation on the plantar fascia whereby collagen deteriorates due to recurring tearing. The many tiny tears that produce this inflammation can cause significant pain which may be at its worst after beginning an activity. More specifically, it is at its worst in the morning and fairly uncomfortable at night.
To understand why this pain can become so significant, it’s important to know that the plantar fascia provides support to the arch and also shock absorption. With such an important role, your mobility can be significantly affected by constant heel pain. Certain people may be susceptible to plantar fasciitis, such as those with low/high arches or flat feet. The most important part to remember is that you can do something about your heel pain!
Pain from plantar fasciitis can be helped by doing the following:
- Rest the foot when you experience significant heel pain.
- It may sound like a simple solution, but it can make a world of difference by changing your shoes. Footwear that fits correctly and offers support and cushioning are best.
- Orthotics can be very helpful in reducing pressure off of the plantar fascia. These foot support devices can help provide an additional layer of comfort to properly fitting footwear. By reducing the amount of stress on the plantar fascia, you may be able to manage your heel pain more efficiently.
- When inflammation becomes severe, corticosteroid injections can help to reduce discomfort caused by it. This can lead to other negative health effects, so it is administered when other methods are not as successful in treating heel pain.
At Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, located in (Owings (410) 257-2242, Lexington Park (301) 863-6601, LaPlata (301) 934-3345 and Huntingtown (410) 535-1719), Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, DPM, Dr. Judith Olkaba, DPM, or Dr. Ruth P. Devadas, DPM, can help to bring relief to your heels through proven treatment methods tailored to match your specific complaints. Please call our office at any of the numbers provided above to bring lasting comfort to your heels!