Do your feet pain, especially in the morning when you wake up or after taking a walk? Several factors may contribute to this debilitating pain, but plantar fasciitis is the most prevalent. Fortunately, at Advanced Foot & Ankle, we take pride in modern methods for relieving this type of pain. We are always up to date with the latest orthotics trends and cutting-edge technologies that can help personalize your recovery journey.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The underside of the feet comprises a band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone called the plantar fascia. By allowing you to stabilize the arch, this connective tissue is necessary for keeping balance while running, standing, or walking. Inflammation or injury to this connective tissue is called plantar fasciitis.
Additionally, the underside of your feet consists of an attachment called calcaneal tuberosity, which connects plantar fascia to the heel bone. During excessive exercise or normal foot activity, you may inflame this attachment. Doing so results in pain in the underside of the foot, around where the toes join with the foot.
How Do You Know If You Have Plantar Fasciitis?
The immediate symptom of plantar fasciitis is debilitating pain from the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis symptoms vary but may include morning foot pain. This kind of pain eases as you get up and walk around the house, but it often returns once you've been on your feet for a few hours.
Other symptoms to look up for include:
- A feeling that you're stepping on something sharp when you get out of bed
- You may experience a needle-like-piercing pain the first few times you briefly stand up
- A dull ache in your heel when you stand for long
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
So, how do you get plantar fasciitis? Well, the plantar fascia can rupture or stretch, causing much swelling or pain in the underside of your foot. Also, intense exercises can inflame the tissue. The inflammation and injury of the plantar fascia are what causes plantar fasciitis.
Various people have varying degrees of risk of developing plantar fasciitis. If your feet overpronate (have a high arch), you're more susceptible to this foot condition since the body weight doesn't spread evenly on your soles. Also, excessive weight puts strain on the plantar fascia, increasing your risk of developing pain and inflammation.
Other possible causes of plantar fasciitis include excessive foot activities and adorning unsupportive footwear.
Remedies for Plantar Fasciitis
Treatments for plantar fasciitis include:
- Icing the plantar fascia and medication
- Physical therapy, including yoga and foot stretches
- MLS Laser Therapy
- Custom orthotics like choosing the right pair of shoes
- Rest activities such as wearing night splints or reducing foot activities.
Eliminating Heel Pain from Plantar Fasciitis
If your heel has been hurting, you may be ready to get rid of the pain right now. Contact Advanced Foot & Ankle, and we will help you choose the best therapy for your heel pain. We have offices both in Twin Falls, ID, and Burley, ID. Make an appointment with our team today!