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Dealing with heel pain? It could be plantar fasciitis.
While there are many reasons why you might be dealing with foot pain, if you are experiencing heel pain then plantar fasciitis might be to blame. This is a problem you don’t want to ignore, as it can often get worse or become chronic. If you find that the bottoms of your heels are causing you significant pain, our podiatrists Dr. Joseph Treadwell, Dr. Christian Davis, and Dr. Rihamary Jimenez from Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut can provide you with ways to ease your symptoms and help your feet heal.
We have Offices in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT where we provide service to the New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield and Ridgefield, CT, areas
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that goes from the heels to the toes. This tissue connects the heel bone to the toes and also supports the arches of the feet. Overuse or strain on the plantar fascia can result in inflammation and micro-tears that lead to plantar fasciitis.
What causes it?
There are certain risk factors that can increase the likelihood that someone may develop plantar fasciitis over their lifetime. Some of these factors include:
- Being female
- Being overweight
- Having to stand for long periods of time, often for work
- Being a runner
- Suddenly increasing the intensity or duration of a run or athletic activity
- Tight calf muscles
- Very high arches
- Flat feet
Can I treat plantar fasciitis on my own?
If you have had plantar fasciitis in the past, or if you’re only dealing with minor heel pain, then you may be able to treat the problem on your own without turning to a footcare professional. Those with diabetes or nerve damage in their feet should turn to our Danbury, CT, podiatrists immediately for care. In this case, do not try and treat the problem yourself.
Some ways to ease plantar fasciitis symptoms and to promote healing are:
- Rest as much as possible
- Avoid strenuous activities and exercises that could exacerbate the plantar fascia
- Stretch your feet, calves, and ankles every day to alleviate pain and stiffness
- Wear socks and shoes that provide support, even when indoors
- Elevate your feet when at rest to reduce swelling
- Ice the heel 2-3 times a day for about 15 minutes each time
- Take an over-the-counter pain reliever
- Soak feet in a warm bath with Epsom salt
When should I turn to a podiatrist?
If you’ve been resting and managing your heel pain at home but still aren’t seeing an improvement in your symptoms after five days, then it’s time to see a professional. You should also turn to a podiatrist if:
- You are dealing with severe heel pain or swelling
- You can’t bend or move the foot
- You can’t put any weight on your foot
- You notice numbness or tingling in the heel
- There is a discoloration in the heel or foot
With offices in Plainville, Danbury, and New Milford, CT, the podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Connecticut are proud to serve the New Britain, Bristol, Southington, Farmington, New Fairfield, and Ridgefield, CT, areas. If you’re looking for a podiatrist to treat your plantar fasciitis, give us a call today at (203) 748-2220, (860) 355-3139, or (860) 747-2200.
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
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.
While heel pain is a common problem this doesn’t mean that it should just be brushed aside or considered a small matter. Untreated heel pain can lead to long-term pain and other problems. While there are many causes of heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis. This condition causes irritation and inflammation within the thick band of tissue (known as the plantar fascia) that runs along the soles of the feet from the toes to the heel.
The telltale sign of plantar fasciitis is that the heel pain occurs under the heel beneath the heel bone. The pain may radiate to the arches of the feet because the plantar fascia provides support to the arches, as well. Heel pain may be worse first thing in the morning or after long bouts of inactivity. You may notice that your heel pain gets better with movement and exercise but gets worse immediately after.
Many people can treat plantar fasciitis effectively with at-home care; however, if your symptoms are severe, become worse or aren’t responding to conservative home treatments after five days then it’s time to see your podiatrist. A podiatrist will be able to provide you with answers as to what is causing your heel pain and how to best treat it.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
Simple, conservative measures are usually all that’s needed to treat heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis. This includes:
- Resting and avoiding exercise and high-impact activities that will make symptoms worse
- Icing the heel and arches of the feet up to 20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Wearing supportive shoes with a low heel
- Placing custom orthotics within shoes for additional support
- Performing specific foot stretching and strengthening exercises
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce pain and swelling
- Wearing a night splint to reduce morning pain and stiffness
Your foot doctor can show you a variety of exercises to perform that can alleviate heel pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis. A podiatrist can also make prescription shoe inserts to provide your feet with the proper cushioning and structural support they need to reduce pressure points and improve the biomechanics of your feet.
Those with severe and persistent heel pain may require more aggressive treatment options such as ultrasound, steroid injections or shockwave therapy. Chronic plantar fasciitis may even require surgery to get rid of inflammation and tension within the plantar fascia. Surgery is rare but may be necessary when other treatment options have failed to properly manage and treat symptoms.
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s a good idea to see a podiatrist who can determine the cause of your pain and provide you with a customized treatment plan to get your heel pain under control.
- Plantar fasciitis
- Achilles tendinitis
- Heel pain
- Ankle sprains and fractures
- Foot fractures
- Sports-related injuries
- Bunions and hammertoes
- Corns and calluses
- Diabetic foot care
- Fungal infections
- Ingrown toenails
- Heel spurs