Posts for tag: Plantar Fasciitis
Dealing with sore, achy heels? Here’s what you can do about it.
From wearing those towering high heels to standing on your feet all day, there is definitely a myriad of reasons why someone could deal with aching feet. Just as there are many reasons for your pain our Louisville, KY, podiatrist can also give you a boatload of remedies and treatment options. Are you dealing with plantar fasciitis? Here’s how to tell:
- A sharp or stabbing pain at the bottom of the foot
- Pain that radiates to the arches of the foot
- Pain that is worse first thing in the morning or when first standing up
While plantar fasciitis can often be managed through simple home care, it’s important to see your Louisville, KY, podiatrist if:
- You are dealing with severe pain or swelling
- You have trouble walking or putting weight on the affected foot
- Your pain doesn’t respond to home care within 5 days
- Your symptoms get worse
- You develop numbness, tingling, or weakness in the heel
- You’ve also been diagnosed with diabetes and you suspect that you have plantar fasciitis
We also offer virtual appointments so that you can discuss your symptoms with us and we can help you create a treatment plan to ease symptoms from the comfort of your own home. If you want to seek professional advice on how to handle your heel pain but you don’t want to come to the office, then a simple telehealth visit may be better for you.
Here are some easy ways to help manage your plantar fasciitis until the inflamed tissue has fully healed:
- Rest as much as possible and avoid exercises that could exacerbate your symptoms (e.g. running)
- Ice your heel for 15-20 minutes at a time, 2-3 times a day
- Ease the pain with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (e.g. ibuprofen)
- Wrap or brace the foot, especially when sleeping, to support the arches and to reduce morning stiffness
- Wear protective and supportive shoes at all times
- Stretch your feet several times a day, incorporating approved exercises by your Louisville podiatrist into your daily routine to alleviate plantar fasciitis-related pain
The podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists are happy to provide care to children and adults living in New Albany, Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bardstown, and Bowling Green. If you are dealing with heel pain or other foot problems, schedule an appointment with one of our podiatrists today by calling (844) 692-3338.
Often, the problems in your feet and ankles go away with time, rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and changing your shoes. However, sometimes these problems just won’t go away, and that's when you should visit your podiatrist for further diagnosis and treatment.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
If you are having a specific foot problem, your best bet is to visit your podiatrist for the best care available. Several serious conditions, such as diabetes and peripheral arterial disease, can show up in your feet first, making it more important than ever to get them checked out.
A Wound or Sore That Does Not Heal
If you have an open sore on your foot or ankle, you should visit your podiatrist immediately! This is especially important if you have diabetes, as it takes a diabetic longer to heal even when being treated.
Some changes to your feet are normal as you age, but having pain isn’t one of them. As you begin putting more miles on your feet, you may notice that your feet change shape, lose cushioning, experience skin changes, develop arthritis and experience an array of other complications. It's always best to get checked by your podiatrist rather than unknowingly let a serious foot issue worsen, especially as you age.
Pain Increasing with Activity or Lasting more than 24 Hours
If you are experiencing pain that gets worse with activity, this may be a sign of a stress fracture. You should not try to work through the pain. Instead, it is vital that you visit your podiatrist. If you treat a stress fracture early, you can potentially avoid more serious problems, such as a stress fracture that will not heal, or one that turns into a fully broken bone.
Don’t ignore your foot or ankle pain! Visit your podiatrist for a diagnosis, treatment and to help prevent your symptoms from worsening.
What your podiatrists in Louisville, Elizabethtown, Bowling Green, and New Albany want you to know
If you are suffering a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is caused when the thick band of tissue which runs across your heel becomes inflamed. This thick band of tissue, called the plantar fascia, can become inflamed from a number of different causes.
The good news is there are effective ways to treat plantar fasciitis. The podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists want to share the facts about the causes and treatment of plantar fasciitis. They have several convenient office locations in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN, to help you and your feet feel better.
You may experience the pain of plantar fasciitis because you are overpronating, or rolling your foot when you walk. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time.
Your risk of experiencing plantar fasciitis increases if you are overweight, middle-aged, have flat feet, or wear unsupportive footwear. Doing high-impact sports like running or jogging can also increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
So, how do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? You will notice a stabbing or aching pain in your heel or on the side of your foot. The pain may increase after you wake up, exercise, or get up after being seated.
If you begin experiencing one or more symptoms of plantar fasciitis, you can try:
- Doing arch stretches several times each day
- Taking Tylenol, ibuprofen, or other anti-inflammatory medications
- Replacing your shoes with more supportive, cushioned footwear
For severe plantar fasciitis symptoms that don’t resolve, it’s best to visit your podiatrist. Your doctors at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists may recommend effective treatments like these:
- Physical therapy exercises and stretching
- Custom-made orthotics or footwear
- Prescription anti-inflammatory medications
- Corticosteroid injections around your heel
You don’t have to suffer from plantar fasciitis when help is just a phone call away. Just pick up your phone and call the podiatrists at Kentucky/Indiana Foot and Ankle Specialists, with offices in Louisville, Elizabethtown, and Bowling Green, KY, and New Albany, IN. Get relief by calling today!
Could your heel pain be due to plantar fasciitis? Find out now from your podiatrist!
Are you currently dealing with heel pain? If your podiatrist has told you that you are suffering from plantar fasciitis isn’t it time you found out more about this condition and what you can do to eliminate your symptoms?
Q. What is plantar fasciitis?
A. This foot problem is one of the most common causes of heel pain and occurs when the thick band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, become inflamed. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to your toes and also provides support for the arches of your feet.
Q. What causes this inflammatory condition?
A. While you may not know exactly what’s caused your plantar fasciitis, your foot doctor may be able to pinpoint the direct cause. Plantar fasciitis usually appears when someone has changed their physical activity. So, instead of running five miles you may decide you suddenly want to run 10 miles. Or perhaps you’re used to a low-impact elliptical but decided to change up your routine and start running on the beach. Any sudden and drastic change either to the duration or intensity of your physical routine can sometimes lead to plantar fasciitis.
Q. What are the symptoms?
A. The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain. The pain is persistent but may wax and wane throughout the day. You may notice the most severe pain happening in the morning when you first start moving around. Over time the pain may lessen, but become exacerbated when standing for long periods of time or getting up after sitting for a while.
Besides pain, those with plantar fasciitis may also notice swelling, stiffness and limited range-of-motion and mobility due to the discomfort.
Q. How is plantar fasciitis treated?
A. You’ll be happy to hear that this condition usually goes away on its own with time. Of course, there are certain things you can do to help provide some much-needed relief. Here are some of the best ways to handle your plantar fasciitis:
- Rest: Try to stay off your feet as much as possible. Avoid high-impact activities and if you really need to workout, then you’ll want to change your routine to only include low-impact exercises.
- Wear the proper shoes: It’s also believed that some people develop plantar fasciitis because the shoes they were wearing didn’t provide the proper support and stability needed. Remember that your workout shoes need to be replaced about at least once a year.
- Stretching and strengthening exercises: There are some exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine to help provide some relief from your plantar fasciitis symptoms. Talk to your podiatrist about which exercises can help reduce your pain and improve mobility.
- Orthotics: Sometimes your foot doctor can prescribe orthotics to provide additional shoe support and stability to eliminate your plantar fasciitis. We would be happy to help you determine which kind of orthotics is right for you.
Your podiatrist is always here to provide the care and treatment you need to get back on your feet again and pain-free. Turn to us for all of your foot-care needs.