Even the most simple of foot pain is frustrating and uncomfortable and, if left untreated, can leave you unable to run, walk, or even stand. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain which affects millions of Americans a year. Luckily, you can work with your podiatrist to understand your heel pain and treat plantar fasciitis to get back on your feet and back to a normal life. Find out more about plantar fasciitis and its treatments with Dr. Sara Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud Salem at Hampton Road Foot and Ankle Specialists in Hampton and Williamsburg, VA.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition affecting the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue which runs along the bottom of the foot and supports the foot’s arch. When it becomes inflamed or irritated, plantar fasciitis occurs. Many conditions can cause plantar fasciitis, including underlying conditions like flat feet or Achilles tendonitis, repeated stresses like running, aging, or lifestyle factors such as being overweight or wearing ill-fitting shoes. An injury may also cause plantar fasciitis in rare situations.
Do I have plantar fasciitis?
The foot has over 100 connective tissues, meaning that foot and heel pain can come from many different conditions or injuries. However, plantar fasciitis has a few tell-tale signs, including:
- stiffness or pain which is worst upon waking in the morning
- pain triggers by standing for long periods of time
- pain which is present at the beginning of physical exercise, gets better during exercise and returns after exercise
- pain which worsens with physical activity, especially climbing stairs
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments in Hampton and Williamsburg
Plantar fasciitis treatment aims to reduce or relieve pain and inflammation in the arch and heel, increase the range of motion and flexibility of the foot, and get you back on your feet. Treatments usually begin with the RICE method: rest, ice, compression, elevation. These four elements often grant the body enough rest to trigger its natural healing abilities. If more conservative treatments fail, your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics, physical therapy, wearing properly fitting shoes or even surgery.
For more information on plantar fasciitis or what you can do about it, please contact Dr. Bouraee and Dr. Salem at Hampton Road Foot and Ankle Specialists in Hampton and Williamsburg, VA. Call (757) 220-3311 to schedule your appointment with your podiatrist today!