Have you been struggling with heel pain lately? If so, the pain you're feeling may be caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia, a connective tissue that extends from the heel to your toes. This condition is called plantar fasciitis, and here at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut, P.C. in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT, we diagnose this issue and help the citizens of New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield alleviate their symptoms—read on to learn more!
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Dedicated athletes and people who do a lot of walking or standing in the course of a day often develop plantar fasciitis. This is because they put a lot of pressure on the plantar fascia tissue. People who have flat feet often have this issue, as well. Plantar fasciitis can also occur due to wearing shoes that are not ideally designed, such as cheap flip flops.
In advanced cases of plantar fasciitis, a secondary condition called heel spurs can occur; this issue concerns a growth of bony tissue on the back of the heel. Both of these foot problems can be very painful if not treated by your podiatrists in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT.
How to Treat It
Your podiatrist can treat plantar fasciitis in a number of ways. Your exact treatment plan will be determined after a careful foot exam and X-ray screening that will evaluate the pervasiveness of the issue. Here are some common treatment options:
- Ice pack therapy to ease inflammation and encourage healing.
- Foot wrapping for athletes.
- Orthotic inserts to provide better arch support.
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises.
- Surgery in very advanced cases where other non-invasive treatments don't help.
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your podiatrist in Plainville, Danbury or New Milford, CT, today to schedule an appointment:
- Plainville: (860) 747-2200
- Danbury: (203) 748-2220
- New Milford: (860) 355-3139
We are also proud to serve the areas of New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield, CT.