The plantar fascia is a major part of your arch function and plays an important part in day-to-day mobility. When there is stretching in this area, it results in swelling at the bottom of the heel causing plantar fasciitis. This painful condition usually results in a sharp and aching discomfort that occurs as you first place weight on your heels after resting for a long period of time. Using shoes that have soft soles or no arch support can also lead to higher rates of plantar fasciitis because of the effect they have on your arch. Those who have high arches or flat feet are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Also, those with tight Achilles tendons can also have this injury occur more easily.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Participate in physical therapy to manage pain as therapy can help to stretch the plantar fascia, reinforce lower leg muscles and support steadiness when walking. This treatment can lower the amount of pressure on the plantar fascia.
- Shoe support devices such as inserts can help to reduce pain.
- Anti-inflammatories are also beneficial as they can lessen swelling in the heel region.
- Losing weight can help to reduce inflammation.
- Ice therapy is also very helpful with reducing inflammation on the heel.
- Orthotics are another type of support device that have immense benefits for your heel, as they can relieve friction and allow your heel to recover at the same time.
Here at Family Foot Care of Southern Maryland, our podiatrists Dr. Jeffrey Idol, Dr. Judith Olkaba and Dr. Ruth P. Devadas will provide targeted treatment to fix the cause of your heel issues with accuracy so that your pain can be reduced for the long-term. If you have had enough of your heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis, please contact us for an appointment today! We have four offices conveniently located in Owings, Lexington Park, LaPlata and Huntingtown. We want to show you why we provide the best podiatry services in Southern Maryland; so allow us the opportunity to send your heel pain packing!