Dealing with heel pain? It could be plantar fasciitis.
A lot of runners and athletes at some point during their lifetime will experience heel pain. If you’ve suddenly upped the intensity or duration of your regular run or workout you may also find yourself dealing with a throbbing angry heel. If so, this could be the result of an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. Our Burnsville, MN, podiatrist, Dr. Fjelstad, is here to explain more about this condition and how to treat it.
How can you treat plantar fasciitis?
Fortunately, most people dealing with plantar fasciitis-related heel pain can manage their symptoms from the comfort of their own home until the inflamed plantar fascia heal. During this time, our Burnsville foot doctor may recommend these simple solutions for getting your symptoms under control:
- Over-the-counter painkillers and anti-inflammatories
- Icing the heel 2-3 times a day for up to 15 minutes at a time
- Resting and avoiding high-impact activities
- Elevating the foot above your heart to reduce swelling
- Bracing or splinting the arches of your foot to alleviate discomfort when walking
- Wearing custom orthotics and supportive shoes
- Performing stretching and strengthening foot exercises
If you find that your symptoms don’t ease up after a couple of weeks of at-home care or if symptoms get worse then it’s time to visit our podiatrist to figure out what’s going on. In some cases of severe plantar fasciitis, the only option for alleviating pain and inflammation is through steroid injections, shockwave therapy, ultrasound or physical therapy. Only in rare cases is surgery actually needed to remove the plantar fascia from the heel bone. Surgery is the last option after all other treatment options haven’t worked.
Can you prevent plantar fasciitis?
There are certain habits you can put into your daily routine that can keep plantar fasciitis at bay, no matter whether you just enjoy leisurely walks or you are a treadmill warrior. Concentrate on relaxing your legs, as any tension held in the legs or glutes could put tension on the plantar fascia. Make sure when you are running you are landing evenly on the middle of the foot rather than the heel.
There are also stretching exercises you can incorporate into your daily routine, regardless of whether you have plantar fasciitis or not, that can help prevent it in the future.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis ruin your daily routine. If you aren’t able to get your heel pain under control then it’s time to turn to the specialists at Foot and Ankle Physicians in Burnsville, MN. Call us today.