If you have pain in your heel when you first put weight on your foot in the morning or after a long time sitting in one place, you may have a condition called plantar fasciitis. It is caused by an inflammation of the connective tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and up to your heel bone. The plantar fascia helps support your arch and provides cushioning and shock absorption for the landing forces every time you take a step. Runners and other athletes who experience a lot of repetitive stress to their feet and ankles are very susceptible to this condition.
Symptoms include the following:
- Heel pain—This may be a very sharp, stabbing pain or something more dull and achy.
- Arch inflammation—You may experience a burning sensation on the bottom of your foot.
- Stiffness—You may have difficulty bending your foot back and forth without pain and discomfort.
Initial treatment for plantar fasciitis includes rest, icing, and stretching exercises. Ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help with the pain. Night splints and custom orthotic inserts may be recommended by your podiatrist to alleviate the pressure and help support the heel area.
Other things you can do to improve or prevent symptoms include wearing properly fitted shoes, switching to a low impact activity such as swimming, and keeping your weight under control. A physical therapy program can be used to strengthen the muscles and increase flexibility in the tendons.
If you are experiencing continued pain from plantar fasciitis, a foot care specialist is essential for proper treatment and recovery. At Podiatry Center of New Jersey, Dr. Russell Samofal treats a variety of conditions such as sports injuries, diabetic foot problems, pediatric foot conditions, toe deformities, arthritis, nail fungus, arch problems and heel pain. Equipped with advanced technologies and a dedicated staff, Podiatry Center of New Jersey provides individualized high quality care for patients all across Morris, Passaic, Bergen and Essex counties. For all your foot and ankle problems, contact our Wayne office at (973) 925-4111 for an appointment.