While conditions such as arthritis, tendonitis, and nerve impingements can cause heel pain, the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissue on the bottom of the foot. Poor biomechanics, lack of supportive footwear, obesity, and overuse contribute to the condition. The pain is typically worse in the morning upon first rising. Pain may present on the bottom of the heel and radiate to the arch, or in the arch alone. Plantar fasciitis typically worsens over time. As with most conditions, the longer one has the issue, the longer it may take to recover.
The best course of treatment uses a multi-modal approach. Henderson Podiatry offers an array of options consisting of: prescribing a day and night splint for support and stretch, stretching exercises to relieve tension, steroid injections to reduce inflammation, supportive footwear and orthotics to promote proper gait mechanics, and following the R.I.C.E. guidelines (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation). Other treatment options include: laser therapy, physical therapy, and surgery.
Reduce your risk for developing or preventing a recurrence of plantar fasciitis. Be sure to stretch after exercising and be careful not to over train. Wear supportive footwear that does not bend or twist easily. Invest in a good pair of custom orthotics, especially if you work on your feet a lot. If you are experiencing any kind of foot pain that is impacting your daily life, call our office today.