Depending on your favorite activities, you might subject your feet to a lot of stress on the heel and the tissues connecting to it. Running, dance, and various sports all can possibly lead to a case of heel pain, which likely takes away your interest and enjoyment of doing them. It might be unfortunate an injury happened in the first place, but the good news is there are treatment options that can help, including various ones used in plantar fasciitis treatment.
There are many different causes of heel pain, but the most common tends to be plantar fasciitis. This condition develops in the plantar fascia, which is a connective tissue running along the bottom of the foot. The fascia connects the front and back of the foot, thereby helping to create and support the foot arch.
A plantar fascia is responsible for supporting the foot arch and assisting with pronation, but when it is subjected repeatedly to excessive force, the fibrous tissue sustains tiny tears. During downtime, especially a night’s sleep, the body begins repairing the tears. If the tissue is not given enough time to sufficiently heal, however, the tears reopen when activity is resumed. This results in the sharp pain normally associated with plantar fasciitis. If this is something you experience, it is important to understand what can be done to help.
When we create a plantar fasciitis treatment plan for patients, we may include techniques you can use at home like rest, icing, stretches, activity modification, and changes in footwear options. We may recommend or need to prescribe medication to relieve pain and inflammation. Physical therapy, night splints, and orthotic devices are other possible options.
In rare, severe cases we may use corticosteroid shots or even recommend a surgical procedure to detach the fascia from the heel bone (but we reserve that as a final option if nothing else works).
If you experience sharp, intense heel pain with your first steps of the day (or following extended periods of rest during your waking hours), you will likely benefit from plantar fasciitis treatment. Advanced Foot and Ankle helps many patients from the Twin Falls, ID community, so come see us for the foot care you need! Call (208) 731-6321 to reach our Twin Falls office, (208) 312-4646 for our Burley office, or schedule an appointment at either location online today!