Plantar fasciitis is not a welcome condition to have as it can cause severe pain and discomfort in the sole of the foot. The plantar fascia and other foot muscles work within the arch area, but when there is overstretching or injury, inflammation at the base of the heel can result in plantar fasciitis. This condition commonly results in a sharp throbbing pain that occurs with your first steps when you wake up. As you move more, the pain decreases, but then returns after standing for a long time. If individuals have high arches or flat feet, they may be more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. Also, those with tight Achilles tendons, which are the tendons that connect the calf to the heel, are also predisposed to developing this condition. Lastly, wearing shoes that have soft soles or arch supports also leads to higher rates of plantar fasciitis.
Treatments often include physical therapy as an important part of pain management. Therapy can help to stretch the plantar fascia, strengthen lower leg muscles and assist with stability when walking, thereby reducing the amount of tension placed on the plantar fascia. Other methods such as electrotherapy, ultrasound, and massages are used to relieve symptoms. Stretching and orthotic inserts are also great at reducing pain. Anti-inflammatories like ibuprofen help in the early stages of plantar fasciitis. Stretching is very beneficial as it alleviates weight off your foot until inflammation recedes. Applying ice to the inflamed area for half an hour can also drastically reduce symptoms if done multiple times a day.
Since this condition may cause throbbing pain that lasts for long periods of time, it is essential to receive timely treatment. Therefore, please contact us today to open your feet up to a world without this condition. Our foot doctor, Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM, can help to treat this condition at My Chicago Foot Expert located in Chicago, IL. Schedule an appointment today by calling our office at (773) 561-8100. Also, check out our Patient Education Library for more information about foot and ankle health.