Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis
Understanding Heel Pain with Help from Your Podiatrist
- Wear shoes that fit well
- Wear proper shoes for each activity
- Do not wear shoes with excessive wear on heels or soles
- Prepare properly before exercising by stretching and warming up
- Pace yourself when you participate in athletic activities
- Don’t underestimate your body’s need for rest and good nutrition
- Lose excess weight
How your podiatrists in Williamsburg, Virginia can help with plantar fasciitis pain
You’ve probably heard about plantar fasciitis and you might even be wondering if you have it. The truth is plantar fasciitis is a common problem, and you don’t have to be a runner to suffer from it. If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis pain, Drs. Sara M. Bouraee and Mahmoud A. Salem of Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists can help you out! They have two convenient office locations in Williamsburg, and Hampton, Virginia to help you and your feet.
So What is Plantar Fasciitis Anyway?
Plantar fasciitis is a foot condition in which the band of connective tissue, known as the plantar fascia, becomes inflamed and painful. If you have plantar fasciitis, it’s common to feel a sharp, stabbing pain running across your heel and possibly spreading to the side of your foot. The pain can be worse in the morning when you first get up and stand, or after you exercise.
Common Symptoms and At-Home Treatments
It’s true that plantar fasciitis is common in runners, but you can also experience symptoms if you overpronate (roll your feet inward) when you walk. Plantar fasciitis is also caused by:
- Having flat feet
- Carrying extra weight
- Wearing unsupportive footwear
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time
There are a few simple tips you can try to get relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms. Consider:
- Putting ice on your heel for 15 minutes, several times during the day
- Taking over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or ibuprofen
- Stretching your arches and switching to more supportive shoes
Treatments for Serious Cases
Plantar fasciitis symptoms can be severe and may not always be resolved with at-home treatment—this is when your Williamsburg podiatrists can help. Common plantar fasciitis treatments available at Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists include:
- Stretching exercises and physical therapy to increase flexibility
- Custom-made footwear and orthotics to provide support
- Prescription medication to decrease inflammation and pain
- Physical therapy exercises and stretching
- Custom-made orthotics or footwear
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment to treat pain and inflammation
Interested? Call Today!
Your feet are important, and if you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may have difficulty getting through your day. The good news is that you can easily find relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms! Just pick up the phone and call (757) 220-3311 for Dr. Sara M. Bouraee and Dr. Mahmoud A. Salem of Hampton Roads Foot and Ankle Specialists in Williamsburg and Hampton, Virginia.
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!
Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the long, dense band of connective tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.
Repeated strain on the plantar fascia can cause tiny tears in the ligament. As tension and tearing increases, so does inflammation and irritation of the affected area. Risk factors of plantar fasciitis include foot arch problems (flat foot and high arches); excess weight; running; and a tight Achilles tendon.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is gradually developing pain on the bottom of the heel. The pain is usually worst in the morning and after sitting or standing for a long period of time. For some, the pain subsides after walking or stretching.
To reduce pain associated with plantar fasciitis:
- Rest. Limit and/or avoid activities that make your heel hurt.
- Ice. Reduce pain and swelling by icing the affected area each day.
- Stretch. Stretch your heel throughout the day, especially when you first wake up in the morning.
- Footwear modifications. Wear shoes that provide good arch support and a cushioned sole. Ask your podiatrist about pads and shoe inserts to relieve your heel pain.
When conservative treatments aren't effective, or your pain persists for more than a few weeks, schedule an appointment to discuss your symptoms and treatment options. A podiatrist can recommend an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs. This may include stretching exercises, shoe padding, orthotic devices, night splints or therapy. Most patients respond to non-surgical treatments, but for pain that won't go away, surgery may be required.
With proper rest and treatment, recovering from plantar fasciitis can take just a few months. Visit us when you first experience pain for a diagnosis and an appropriate treatment plan for your individual needs.