Pain and stiffness in your feet as soon as you wake up and while you walk doesn’t help you start the day off on the right foot. At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Boyd Bills offer two Northeast San Antonio-area locations for treating foot pain known as plantar fasciitis. Schedule an appointment with the expert team online or by calling either the Pleasanton or Universal City, Texas, office without delay and stop letting heel pain interrupt your life.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The ligament supporting your arch swells and tightens on a regular, daily basis. If your ligament becomes overworked or strained, you feel pain in your heel known as plantar fasciitis. Continuing to use your foot after swelling of your ligament causes small microtears, increasing injury further.
Do I have plantar fasciitis?
When you get out of bed in the morning, are your feet sore and stiff? This often occurs with inflammation of the ligament in your foot directly causing plantar fasciitis. The causes of plantar fasciitis include:
- Poor workout routines
- Overuse injuries
- Weight gain
- Tight Achilles tendons
- Low or falling arches
- Poorly fitting shoes
- Sudden changes in exercise
With so many reasons for your plantar fasciitis, speak with a healthcare professional about your specific cause and how you can prevent future inflammations.
Is plantar fasciitis common?
About 2 million people every year receive a plantar fasciitis diagnosis. It’s the most common cause of pain in the heel, but luckily, the condition is easy to manage with correct treatment and early detection.
Your podiatrist uses different physical tests and diagnostic images when diagnosing plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is most common in long-distance runners, people who stand a lot, and overweight people.
What treatments are available for plantar fasciitis?
First, your ligament needs to heal. Your podiatrist may suggest reducing your activity level or taking a break from activities for a short time. Elevating and icing your foot also help reduce the swelling.
Once you’ve healed, start increasing your elasticity by:
- Loosening your ligaments with stretches
- Wearing a night brace to keep your muscle from pulling on your bone
- Changing your shoes to more comfortable footwear
- Adding an orthotic insole to relieve pressure on your ligament
The professional team helps you determine the best way to alleviate plantar fasciitis
Will plantar fasciitis go away?
Most cases of plantar fasciitis go away after treatment methods such as:
- Wearing supportive shoes
- Reducing high-impact activities like running
- Regular stretching
- Night splints
If you don’t see ideal results, your doctor may recommend surgery. The surgery releases the ligament in your foot from the bone. Without the ligament pulling on your bone, the pressure and strain from plantar fasciitis — and your pain — disappears.
Instead of suffering from sore heels and feet when you first wake up or after sitting for a long time, get treatment from the dedicated staff at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in Pleasanton or Universal City, Texas, by calling for an appointment or booking online.