Are you experiencing heel or arch pain? During the summer months, this can become increasingly more prevalent as more and more people are getting active outdoors as well as wearing unsupportive footwear like flip-flops. However common this pain is, there are many things you can do to prevent symptoms from occurring.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
A thick band of tissue runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes; this is known as your plantar fascia. When this thick band becomes inflamed, it is called plantar fasciitis.
A common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a piercing pain near the heel. It is most commonly felt when you first wake up in the morning; however, it can also be triggered after being on your feet for an extended period.
Common causes of this inflammation include:
- Age – As we get older, the likelihood of this occurring increases.
- Exercises that put stress on the heel like long-distance running can lead to plantar fasciitis.
- Foot mechanics like a large arch, flat foot, or walking incorrectly can also be a factor.
- Obesity puts extra strain on the feet which can also lead to inflammation.
- Improper Footwear – Shoes that lack support, as well as high-heel shoes, can lead to plantar fasciitis over time.
Depending on the of your plantar fasciitis, there are many interventions that can help. Some include:
- Medication – Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, and other over-the-counter painkillers can be helpful in alleviating symptoms. If you find that you are taking this medication past 48 hours, visiting a medical professional like ours at Massapequa Pain Management & Rehabilitation can improve your physical condition.
- Physical therapy – A variety of techniques and exercises will help you to alleviate painful symptoms and strengthen your foot. A physical therapist can evaluate your plantar fasciitis to provide a personalized approach designed to be safe and effective.
- Surgery – This is usually a last resort when other treatments do not work.
If you are experiencing a pain in your heel that continues to reappear, it may be due to plantar fasciitis. Contact our team today!