Known as the most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is caused when the ligaments that support your arch are strained. Excessive and repeated strain can cause small tears in the ligaments that can also lead to swelling.
- High arches or flat feet
- Being overweight
- Ill-fitting shoes
- Standing or walking for long periods of time
- Tight Achilles tendons or calf muscles
- Increasing age
- Sports injury among runners, walkers and athletes.
Most people with plantar fasciitis notice pain in the morning when they take their first steps and/or usually after long periods of rest or sitting. Stiffness and pain can lessen as you increase activity. However, if you find yourself having foot pain when you go to bed you may be suffering from a different condition like arthritis, tarsal tunnel syndrome, or a nerve problem.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis
When it comes to treating this foot condition, giving your feet a rest by cutting back on activities and long periods of standing is a great start. Here are some other ways to relieve the pain associated with plantar fasciitis:
- Ice your feet. Putting ice on your heels can reduce pain and swelling.
- Over-the-counter medication can relieve pain, but remember it is best to consult with your podiatrist on the best OTC for your condition.
- Stretch. Calf raises, toes stretches and towel stretches a few times a day help. It’s best to do these exercises in the morning.
- New shoes, new you. A new pair of shoes with arch support and a cushioned sole can help alleviate pain you may feel during daily activity. You can also try orthotics like shoe inserts or heel cups for maximum comfort. Remember to use them in both shoes even if only one foot hurts.
- If the above treatments aren’t effective, a new and innovative technology called EPAT might be the solution for you. This technology is FDA-approved and uses acoustic pressure waves to stimulate cell metabolism and enhance blood flow to the heel. It is an in-office treatment that is painless and is completed in about 15 minutes.
Dr. Regal explains more about innovative new treatments for plantar fasciitis in this video.
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