Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Specialist Questions and Answer
If you are dealing with pain in your feet, and you’ve tried at-home remedies that are just not helping, contact Hicksville Podiatry today for our plantar fasciitis treatment! Our podiatrists can diagnose and offer rehabilitation treatments for your feet. For more information, call us today to book an appointment.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a thick band of tissue known as the fascia that becomes inflamed. The fascia is located at the bottom of your foot which runs from your heel to your toes. Plantar fasciitis causes immense pain in the heel of your foot and becomes worse when you take your first steps in the morning and after you’ve been sitting for long periods. It may start to feel better with activity, but by spending too much time on your feet, you can start to feel pain again.
What are the causes of plantar fasciitis?
Your fascia is what supports the muscles and arch in your feet. When it becomes overly stretched, it can cause tiny tears on the surface, this is what brings on the pain and inflammation.
You are at a higher risk of dealing with plantar fasciitis if you:
- Are female
- Are 40 to 60 years old
- Are obese
- Have flat feet or high arches
- Have tight Achilles tendons
- Have an unusual walk or foot position
- Wear high-heeled shoes often
- Spend hours a day standing
- Wear worn-out shoes with thin soles
If you think you may have plantar fasciitis, it’s best to get checked out by a podiatrist like Hicksville Podiatry. Our experienced doctors will walk through the symptoms you may have, and check your feet to see where exactly you are feeling the pain. They may also refer you to have imaging tests done to make sure it isn’t something else causing your pain, these tests may include:
- X-ray to rule out any bone fractures or the possibility of arthritis
- MRI to look for fractures
How do you treat plantar fasciitis?
Treatment for plantar fasciitis may be different for each individual that is dealing with it, but the main treatments that are shown to work most effectively on all clients include:
- Icing the painful area
- Night splints to help stretch your calf and feet while you sleep
- Physical therapy; your physical therapist will show you stretching techniques to help stretch your fascia and Achilles tendon while strengthening your leg muscles, which will make your ankle and heel more stable
- Rest; relaxing and resting from things that tend to make the pain worse, this might include some types of exercise like running or jumping
- Shoes with support or inserts; our podiatrists at Hicksville Podiatry may suggest that you wear shoes with support or shoe inserts if your pain is severe enough. The thick soles on the shoes and extra cushioning will make it less painful for you to stand or walk during the day. Arch supports will distribute the pressure more evenly throughout your feet
- Pain-relieving anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs); includes ibuprofen or naproxen sodium. Talk to your podiatrist about this, they will recommend which NSAIDs to take and for how long.
Most patients start to see improvement from their treatment options within 10 months; however, if you are not feeling better or you are not seeing improvements, talk to your podiatrist again. They may recommend you have shots of cortisone, which is a type of steroid to help ease the inflammation in your feet. In the rare case that none of the above-mentioned treatments work, you may need surgery.
What doctor do I need to see for plantar fasciitis?
It is highly recommended you visit a specialist that has extensive training with feet, as their broad knowledge and education will offer you more than a normal primary care doctor would. These specialists are called podiatrists; podiatrists are foot health specialists who have university training to prevent, diagnose and rehabilitate medical and surgical conditions of your feet and lower limbs.
Podiatrists offer medically qualified services to help treat conditions in your feet and lower limbs like arthritis pain, bunions, calluses or corns, diabetes complications, ingrown toenails, sport injures, plantar fasciitis, and more.
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