You wake up one morning, step out of bed and suddenly, there’s a stabbing pain along the bottom of your foot up to your heel! What could this be caused by? Most likely, this is a symptom of plantar fasciitis. Our Plano foot specialists explain this common condition below.
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes on bottom of the foot (ligaments called the plantar fascia). The plantar fascia supports your entire weight; it acts as a sort of shock absorber when you walk or run. Too much pressure can tear the ligaments. Damage to the plantar fascia will result in stabbing heel pain that is often most painful in the morning and after exercise.
The condition is caused by small tears in the plantar fascia. This can be brought on by overstretching, wearing high heels, or being on your feet a lot. Other risk factors are flat feet, high arches and being overweight, due to an increased amount of pressure being placed on the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis often resolves on its own over the course of a few months. It is important to rest, stretch and ice your foot. NSAIDs like ibuprofen may be prescribed to reduce pain and inflammation. Your podiatrist may also advise you to get steroid injections to reduce inflammation further. You should speak to your doctor if your condition worsens or if you notice bruising around the heel.
If the condition persists, your doctor may have you do physical therapy or even shock therapy to encourage blood flow and ease pain. To prevent pain in the future, your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics to support your foot.
If you’re experiencing foot or heel pain, contact our friendly office today to schedule an appointment with our podiatrist. You don’t have to live with foot or heel pain – our experienced team is here for you!
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about hammertoe and other topics related to podiatry, feel free to contact Dallas Podiatry Works, with a convenient podiatry office in Plano, TX, by calling 972.564.8556 or by clicking here.
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The staff at Dallas Podiatry Works could not have been more courteous, helpful, and professional in doing their job. They made me feel comfortable when I was there, which is certainly appreciated. They answered all the questions that I had and just made each visit the most pleasurable that it could be. I would highly recommend them to anyone needing this type of foot care.
I would highly recommend Dr. Brook to anyone with foot problems–especially problems that stump other podiatrists. He really is very caring and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Joel Brook and the staff were nice and helpful. Though I was a new patient, I got right in as soon as they were open in my preferred location. They diagnosed the problem and provided medicines along with a perfect gel bandage so I could keep exercising while my toes healed. My toes already hurt less and look a little better each day. If I have future issues, I will be a repeat customer. Here’s hoping I don’t, but at least I know my feet are in good hands.
I visited this office for an ingrown toe nail a few years ago. After seeing another doctor, who made it worse, he referred me to Dallas Podiatry Works. The doctor there was able to fix my problem. I’m not great with reviews, all I can tell you is that this doctor and staff will have you up and running or doing whatever it is you do in no time. You will be in great hands. You’d be a fool not to use this doctor. Now its time to visit him again for the other toe.
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