One of the most common causes of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an ailment that results from a swollen or weak plantar fascia in the foot. Plantar fascia is the tissue that connects our heel to our toes. When it becomes inflamed, irritated or weak, you are going to experience pain each time you take a step. And the worse the condition becomes, the more walking or running may seem intolerable.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes
Plantar fasciitis is typically the result of constant strain to the tissue. This can happen if you roll your feet inward when you walk. It is also the result of wearing high heels, shoes that are not a proper fit or when you are excessively overweight. Running on hard surfaces is also known cause plantar fasciitis for some runners.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Experiencing pain when you take your first few steps of the day or after sitting for a long time are telltale plantar fasciitis symptoms. If the stiffness or pain goes away after a few steps, this is also a sign. Do not mistake that stiffness for something benign. It could be that your plantar fasciitis symptoms are not as severe yet. But if the condition goes untreated, your symptoms will get worse.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
If you walk or run often you may need to cut back on those activities. Rest can help if you are looking for short-term relief. Placing an ice pack on your heel and over the counter pain medication can help relieve some of the plantar fasciitis symptoms. These plantar fasciitis treatment options can ease pain temporarily, however sports medicine can achieve long-term healing.
If you are experiencing prolonged foot pain, make an appointment with our sports medicine doctor. Dr. Bob Meyer has 21+ years of experience treating sports injuries and patients with chronic pain. He has a large arsenal of sports injury treatment methods including treatment options for your plantar fasciitis symptoms.