Identifying & Treating Plantar Fasciitis

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Are you experiencing pain in your heel in the morning when you first put weight on your foot? It may be due to an inflammation and stretching of the fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) that spans the bottom of your foot causing a condition called plantar fasciitis.

Playing sports, running, and other high-stress activities can increase the likelihood of damaging your plantar fascia, but the condition can also happen from just regular day to day activities if you don’t have properly fitted shoes and arch supports.

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis include the following:

●     Severe pain in the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone.

●     Tenderness, pain, and a burning sensation on the bottom of the foot.

●     Stiffness and pain in the heel after work or exercise or when you first get up in the morning.

Plantar fasciitis treatments include:

●     Rest the foot - RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)

●     Splints and braces - These can be worn at night during sleep to relieve pressure and stress.

●     Orthotic shoe inserts - These can provide heel and arch support and correct over pronation that contributes to irritation of the plantar fascia.

●     Physical therapy - Stretching and flexing exercises will increase strength and help lengthen the calf muscle and relieve stress on the plantar fascia.

●     MLS laser therapy - Various frequencies of laser light are used to heal damaged tissues and reduce pain and swelling.

To avoid plantar fasciitis, always wear properly fitted shoes with the correct arch support and perform foot and ankle stretching and flexing exercises before and after exercising.

Don’t ignore the symptoms of plantar fasciitis because it can lead to chronic pain in the heel, so see your podiatrist for the proper treatment. At Monroe Foot & Ankle Care, Dr. Elliott M. Perel treats a variety of conditions including diabetic foot problems, bunions, nail fungus, arthritis, and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies including shockwave therapy, MLS Laser treatment, and computerized gait analysis, Monroe Foot & Ankle Care provides specialized, high-quality service for patients across central New Jersey. For any problems you may be experiencing with your feet and ankles, contact our Monroe/Jamesburg office at (732) 521-2155 for an appointment.