Sore heels and arches when you wake up in the morning. That's what people who have plantar fasciitis notice. Hopefully, this heel pain sends sufferers to Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut in Danbury, New Milford, and Plainville. Here, your podiatrists, Dr. Treadwell, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Jimenez, diagnose and treat many foot and ankle problems, and yes, they can help you manage plantar fasciitis.
The details on plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis affects about two million Americans, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. It's an inflammatory problem involving the band of connective tissue located between the base of the toes and the heel bone (calcaneus).
Sharp heel pain and pronounced soreness across the arch of the foot are common. People usually notice symptoms improve as the day advances. Also, pain starts after a long walk or gym workout.
Why do people develop plantar fasciitis? Contributing factors include:
- Being overweight
- Being a woman
- Standing for long periods of time at work
- Very high arches or flat feet
- Problems with gait, or how you put your foot down when you walk or run
- Tight calf muscles
As stubborn as plantar fasciitis can be, you can improve your foot function and resolve heel pain with help from your podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut in Danbury, New Milford, and Plainville. Your foot doctor will examine your foot, take X-rays, and watch how you place your feet on the floor as you walk.
Then, your foot doctor will put together a care plan fine-tuned to your needs. It may include:
- Resting and elevating your foot
- Icing the heel and arch of the foot
- Stretching exercises for your foot and your calf muscles
- Ibuprofen or other anti-inflammatory medication
- Cortisone injections
- Customized shoe orthotics to correct your gait and support your arches
- Good quality shoes and sneakers
In the most extreme cases, patients require corrective surgery and casting. However, this is more the exception than the rule.
Learn more about plantar fasciitis
The professional team at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut in Danbury, New Milford, and Plainville, CT, ask you to call them about your heel pain and other symptoms. They serve the areas of New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield and Ridgefield, CT. There are three offices:
- In Danbury, phone (203) 748-2220
- In New Milford, phone (860) 355-3139
- In Plainville, phone (860) 747-2200