While there are many possible problems that can cause heel pain in our feet, plantar fasciitis is a very common ailment. We want to be able to walk around Marietta Square and walk around the Big Chicken without limping! Most people describe plantar fasciitis as intense pain upon the first step in the morning, which will slightly dissipate after walking for several minutes. Some people will relate foot pain later in the day. It is crucial to initiate good feet health practices to prevent plantar fasciitis foot pain.
When Should I Go See A Foot Doctor About Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Pain?
As soon as you can schedule an appointment! Persistent pain is not normal, and it can begin to cause problems in the heel or other area of the foot. When we begin to have pain in one location in our feet, we compensate at other foot joints, knee joints, hip joints, lumbar spine joints, etc.
What are Some Conservative Treatments for Plantar Fasciits?
- Over-the-counter pain medication for heel pain
- Physical therapy (plantar fasciitis stretching)
- RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation)
- Night splints
- Cortisone injections
- Orthotics (custom orthotics or over-the-counter)
What Do I Look For in Regards to Custom Orthotics?
A good pair of custom orthotics should actually be custom made for your feet, and usually take a few weeks to make. An immediately available pair of orthotics are most likely not custom made. Depending on the pathology causing your plantar fasciitis, there are different ways to add adjustments to the custom orthotics to maximize efficient walking.
Do I Need Surgery For My Plantar Fasciitis?
In some cases, your plantar fasciitis may require surgery. Our foot doctors (Podiatrists) specialize in a number of safe and effective procedures, including incision-based and minimally invasive (arthroscopic) techniques.
To learn about the best way to treat your heel pain, book an appointment by phone or online today with our Podiatry team!