Learn more about this common cause of heel pain and how to treat it.
You woke up one day with a serious, stabbing pain in your heel that you never expected. What is going on with your foot and what is causing this pain? From the office of your Danbury podiatrists Dr. Joseph Treadwell and Dr. Christian Davis, find out if your foot pain is due to plantar fasciitis?
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is when the thick band of tissue known as the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, resulting in heel pain. The plantar fascia tissue runs from the bottom of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toes.
What are the symptoms?
You will most likely know if you have plantar fasciitis because you will experience a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel of the foot. The pain is usually at its worst when you take your first few steps in the morning. The pain may lessen over time just to become exacerbated after exercise or after getting up when you’ve been sitting for a while.
Does plantar fasciitis need treatment?
If you are experiencing any kind of foot pain, it’s a good idea to have your foot doctors in Danbury, CT check it out. Symptoms are different for everyone and you won’t really know that you have plantar fasciitis until you come into our office. But you’ll be happy to hear that plantar fasciitis can go away with conservative treatments which can include:
Most patients find the relief they need with over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen, but if your pain is too severe we can prescribe a stronger pain reliever.
We don’t mean exercises that are going to put a ton of pressure and weight on the already aggravated tissue. We mean stretching and strengthening exercises that are designed to offer symptom relief. We would be happy to show you a series of effective exercises you can do at home.
We may recommend custom orthotics, or shoe inserts to help put pressure more evenly on all areas of your feet and to alleviate discomfort on your plantar fascia.
If conservative treatments don’t worry here are some other options you may need to consider:
- Steroid injections
- Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
If you are dealing with any new or persistent foot pain then it’s time you called our Danbury podiatric office. Let Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut give your feet the TLC they deserve.