Plantar Fasciitis can be an extremely debilitating problem, making it difficult to walk or even stand. If you're dealing with heel pain, the first step is to see a podiatrist. They will be able to diagnose the underlying cause of your heel pain and recommend the best course of treatment.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused due to repetitive stress on the plantar fascia. This can be from activities such as running, walking, or standing for long periods of time due to the increased load and reduced tissue capacity. Weakness of the calves and foot muscles, inadequate footwear, increased BMI, age, gender and reduced mobility.
The signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis are commonly:
Pain upon your first step in the morning
Tenderness under the heel or along the arch of your foot
Heel pain after long periods of standing or sitting
Severe heel pain at the beginning of walking, running or other activities
There are a number of different treatment options available for heel pain, these ranging from conservative treatments such as shockwave therapy, custom orthotics, stretching and strengthening, footwear changes and lifestyle modifications.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment option that uses sound waves to stimulate healing in the Plantar Fascia. This treatment option allows instant relief from pain and has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in the heel, as well as helping regenerate tissue healing.
Custom orthotics are another non-invasive common treatment option to treat heel pain. Orthotics are devices that are inserted into the shoes and are designed to support the foot and relieve pressure on the heel. Through the use of 3D scanners they are custom 100% to your feet.
Stretching and strengthening are also simple, conservative treatments that can be effective in treating heel pain. It is important to stretch the calf and the plantar fascia . Strengthening exercises can help to take the strain off of the Plantar Fascia.
If you are experiencing heel pain, it is important to consult with a medical professional to determine the best course of treatment for you. Heel pain can be debilitating and prevent you from living your life to the fullest.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about plantar fasciitis treatment options for you. We are here to help you get back on your feet and pain-free, so you can do what you love!
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