Plantar Fasciitis

Pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia is also known as Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is tissue located at the bottom of your foot that connects the hell bone to the toes. This tissue also supports the arch of your foot. If you strain the plantar fascia it can cause small tears and cause heel pain when you stand or walk.

Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by running or other sports. This condition is also very common in people who are overweight or have other structural deformities within the arch; such as flat feet or high arches. It is also common if you stand routinely for long periods of time or already have a tight Achilles tendon or calf muscles.

It is possible to improve your foot pain at home with rest and care. It might take take a few weeks or even months to heel completely.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Rest your feet often. Reduce the activity to a level that lets you avoid pain. If possible, do not run or walk on hard surfaces.
  • Use ice massage to help with pain and swelling. You can use a frozen bottle of water or cold can of soda out of the fridges. Roll your foot back and forth over the bottle or can for 10-15 minutes.
  • Wear a night splint provided by your doctor. A night splint holds your foot with the toes pointed up and the foot and ankle at a 90 degree angle. This position gives the bottom of your foot a constant, gentle stretch.
  • Wear shoes with good arch support. Athletic shoes or shoes with well cushioned sole are a good choice.
  • Try heel cups or shoe inserts (orthotics) to help cushion your heel. Dr. Iwu can make good recommendations to the proper fitting orthotic or heel cup.
  • Put your shoes on as soon as you get out of bed. Going barefoot or wearing slippers may make the pain worse.
  • Reach and stay at a good weight this puts less stress on your feet.

Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common foot conditions treated by podiatrists. Don’t hesitate to make an appointment today!!

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