May is such a beautiful month. It brings green leaves and beautiful flowers to our trees. The temperatures rise and our long-awaited outdoor activities begin to be part of our schedules again. Unfortunately, some people are not able to perform such activities because of their foot pain. Are you one of them? Do you get pain in your feet with your first step in the morning or after sitting down for an extended period of time?
Does the bottom of your heel hurt at the end of the day? These may be symptoms of a common condition called Plantar Fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis is an inflammation of the tendon that connects the heel to the toes. Plantar Fasciitis is diagnosed by having a clinical exam. X-rays would be needed to evaluate bone spurs and flat feet and rule out other conditions. The inflammation in the ligament can be seen by doing a foot ultrasound. Treatments for plantar fasciitis can include a various options that range from simple stretching to cortisone injections.
We can also manage the pain with laser therapy which is less invasive but very effective.
FINDING RELIEVE FROM PLANTAR FASCIITIS
SCHEDULE A CLINICAL EXAM
As mentioned before, only after a clinical exam we are able to confirm this diagnosis and start proper treatment for your foot pain.
DO STRETCHING EXERCISES REGULARLY
You should stretch your Achilles tendon and bottom of your feet 3 times a day. See our stretching exercise instructions.
ICE AND REST
Keep a bottle of water in the freezer during the day. At night, put the frozen bottle on the floor and roll your foot on it back and forth with some pressure for 20 minutes. Wear socks when doing this exercise to avoid ice burns.
ADDRESS THE ROOT OF THE PROBLEM
Most often than not, the reason of this type of inflammation is due to foot misalignment. To address the root of the problem and avoid re-occurring pain, custom foot orthotics are essential. We take a mold of your feet captured in neutral (optimal) position and make you custom foot orthotics. These devices must be made custom to your feet to give you the maximum benefit and reduce the chance of the pain coming back.
USE SUPPORTIVE FOOT WEAR
Orthopedic shoes are an effective method of naturally realigning the foot. They avoid putting strain on the tissues in the bottom of your foot. The shoes we offer to our patients are of the highest quality, approved by the American Podiatric Association, trendy and look as amazing as they feel.
For more information about heel pain and treatment options, please call our office to schedule an appointment. Remember, foot pain is not normal!