If pain shoots through the bottom of your foot every morning when you wake up and take your first few steps, you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Franklin Harry, DPM, ABMSP, and Tim Davydov, DPM, ABPM, of Best Foot Forward in Festus and St. Louis, Missouri, diagnose and treat plantar fasciitis and make recommendations for pain relief. To learn more about your foot pain, call the practice today or schedule an appointment online.
Plantar fasciitis involves inflammation of the tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes along the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia supports your foot's arch, absorbing shock when you walk. But if the stress and tension on your plantar fascia become too much, the fascia tears. The tearing causes inflammation, which is plantar fasciitis.
Runners are at higher risk of plantar fasciitis because of the stress they put on their feet. If you wear shoes with inadequate support or are overweight, you’re also at a higher risk of plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis causes stabbing pain along the bottom of your foot, especially near your heel. Plantar fasciitis pain is worse after long periods of inactivity or during your first few steps after getting out of bed. Most people find the foot pain eases as they move around.
Over-the-counter pain relievers, including ibuprofen and naproxen sodium, can help relieve the inflammation and pain from plantar fasciitis. If it doesn’t, Best Foot Forward offers other treatments to relieve the symptoms, including:
Specific exercises stretch the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. A physical therapist can show you how to relieve symptoms with stretches and teach you how to apply athletic tape to support the bottom of your foot.
These custom-fitted arch-supports distribute pressure over your feet more evenly and relieve plantar fasciitis pain.
A splint worn while you sleep stretches your calf and the arch of your foot. Night splints hold the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia in a lengthened position, stretching them and relieving pain.
If you still experience plantar fasciitis pain after several months of using conservative treatments, the providers at Best Foot Forward may then recommend steroid injections
As a last resort, surgery to detach the heel bone and plantar fascia is done for patients with severe pain that doesn’t respond to other, more conservative treatments.
Don’t suffer from plantar fasciitis. Call Best Foot Forward today or schedule an appointment online to get you on the road to foot pain relief.