Plantar Fasciitis TreatmentJackson, WY
The feet are much more complex than people commonly give them credit for. When people begin to feel pain or soreness in their feet, they will assume they merely need to rest, kick back and relax for a while. This method may work for minor injuries or soreness but may not work for serious foot issues. People who do not seek professional treatment early on only increase the risk of the injury causing permanent issues.
Keeping an Eye on Your Feet
People may not realize that there are multiple issues which can damage the feet. This includes simple causes such as being on one’s feet for long periods of time or wearing uncomfortable shoes. When the pain begins to get worse over time, people need to give us a call. We can help to treat pain in the heel and foot that does not seem to have a cause.
If you are struggling with pain in your foot that makes it difficult to walk, we can help find the treatment for your needs.
The feet carry people everywhere they need to go and support the weight of the entire body. Comprised of bone, muscles, ligaments and tissue, the feet are much more complex than people give them credit for. One component of the foot is a thick band of tissue on the bottom of the foot that stretches from the toes to the heel known as the plantar fascia.
This condition causes a stabbing pain in the feet upon first waking up in the morning. The first step will feel much more intense than later in the day as the pain decreases the more one moves. However, the pain will return after sitting or resting for periods of time and then getting up again.
Symptoms of the plantar fasciitis include:
- Stabbing pain in the bottom of the foot near the heel
- Pain in the feet after standing for long periods of time
- Pain in the feet after exercising
- Feeling like the foot is made of glass when first getting up
By keeping an eye on one’s feet, the patient will be able to treat plantar fasciitis early and prevent it from getting worse.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
The earlier we administer treatment, the better chance of surgery not needing to be a treatment option. While a patient can feel some minor soreness and pain after long periods of standing or strenuous activities, people may assume the plantar fasciitis pain will go away on its own. In reality, the pain will only get worse over time.
Since there is not an external wound or sign of the pain, people are not always sure what is causing it. Part of the issue is that plantar fasciitis has multiple causes, which can include:
- Wearing shoes with bad support
- Consistent running with poor footwear or self-care of the feet
- Being flat-footed or having a high arch
- Being overweight
- Spending most or all of one’s time on their feet
- Completing certain exercises that place a strain on the heels on a regular basis
Possible Treatment Options
With non-surgical treatment, we can help patients recover and prevent a longer recovery time. The treatment regimen will typically involve rest, applying ice to the specific area and completing specific stretches over several months. While pain medication can provide temporary relief, treatment will involve a mixture of therapy and possible orthotic inserts for the patient’s shoes.
By using the inserts, the patient will be able to continue walking or standing without causing more irritation to them. If the cause is not directly related to footwear, we ill recommend therapy that helps to properly stretch the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon with other techniques to help stabilize the foot and ankle.
Night splints are another option that involves wearing splints during sleep. The splints help to stretch the calf and arch of the foot overnight. By holding them in a stretched position, this will help the pain to decrease and not be as painful when the patient wakes up. If the patient has a serious condition, then surgery may be a treatment we need to consider.
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During the initial examination, we will determine the level of pain the patient is feeling, the source of the pain to the best of our abilities and recommend treatment. Once we have a set plan, we will guide the patient through the treatment process. If follow-up appointments are necessary, then we can schedule them to check the patient’s progress.
If you are struggling with plantar fasciitis or foot pain, give us a call today and schedule an appointment.
What is Heel Spurs?
A heel spur can be confused for another similar, yet different, condition called plantar fasciitis. People with plantar fasciitis often also have a bone spur. A bone spur is a hooked bone that forms on the heal.
If you have a history of chronic foot pain (often related to plantar fasciitis) heel spurs are a common condition. Middle-aged men and women are most susceptible. Bone spurs can simply form over time. As people age cartilage can break down and wear away resulting in a heel or bone spur found along the edge of the joint. In addition to aging, heel spurs can develop from the stretching of ligaments. This is seen in runners and dancers.
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