Plantar Fascitis, not to be ignored

Have you ever had a feeling where you get out of bed and there’s a sudden pain in your heel? Don’t ignore it because it goes away after a few steps, it could be plantar fasciitis. This is where the plantar fascia, a ligament in your foot that connects your heel to your toes, becomes inflamed and irritated. This causes your heel or entire foot to hurt when you stand or walk. Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people, but it can also occur in people who are on their feet constantly, such as athletes. It can occur in either foot, or even in both.

You might be wondering, “Dr. Bass, help me stop this. Tell me what causes plantar fasciitis.” The answer is not as complex as you think. If you strain the plantar fascia, which supports the arch of your foot, you may develop inflammation or the fibers of the fascia could tear away from the heel, causing a spur. This is more likely to happen in certain conditions. These include:

  • Rolling your feet inward when you walk
  • Having flat feet
  • Standing for a long period of time
  • High arches
  • Wearing poorly fitted shoes

If you do have plantar fasciitis, you will experience pain in your foot. This pain may be worse under a variety of conditions. Such as:

  • In the morning, right after you wake up
  • After standing for a long time
  • When standing up after sitting for a long time
  • When climbing stairs
  • After intense physical activity

There are many ways to treat plantar fasciitis. One way is simply to rest your feet. Another way is to use ice. Do this by freezing a water bottle and then rolling it along the bottom of the foot while sitting. Walking barefoot can also make the pain worse. Treatments for plantar fasciitis are meant to decrease inflammation in the heel. Decreasing the inflammation will lessen the pain and allow you to resume your daily activities. Approximately 90% of all patients will get better with treatment. Other treatment options include oral anti-inflammatory medications, corticosteroid injections and custom orthotics.

Located conveniently in Manalapan, Dr. Alan Bass is the owner of Central Jersey Foot and Ankle Care which has the latest diagnostic equipment for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. X-rays are taken right in the office. If needed a diagnostic ultrasound can be performed. With daytime and evening hours, we are able to accommodate all patients. Request an appointment today!