Pain can derive from multiple causes, but you should never have to just live with it, especially when it comes to pain in your feet. If you have pain in your heels or arches, do not ignore your symptoms; there is a good chance that you may have plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is commonly caused by an inflammation in the connective tissue at the bottom of your foot and can also be a condition found in conjunction with heel spurs. The tissue at the bottom of your foot stretches from the base of your toes, across your foot, all the way to the back of your heel bone. Overpronation is the most common cause of plantar fasciitis, although it is not the only. As you walk, if your foot rolls excessively inward, you are lengthening your arch, putting an added tension on your tissues and causing inflammation.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is not always painful, although more often than not, patients will complain of mild to severe discomfort on a daily basis. These spurs of pain can last for varying frames of time and can become so uncomfortable that walking becomes difficult. These pains come at random and unexpected times, but you shouldn’t have to cope with the pain and continue to live around it. Working with a foot specialist is the best choice that you have when it comes to finding a plantar fasciitis treatment that works for you.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar fasciitis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medications, specific stretches, ice packs, orthotics, and physical therapy. You should never take any medication until you consult with your doctor. If the pain you feel in your heels does not dissipate after a few weeks of treatment, you may be advised to try Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) or, potentially, a plantar fasciitis surgery if it is that severe.
Our goal is to provide you relief from your discomfort. If you think you may have plantar fasciitis, contact us. Do not live with discomfort; schedule your consultation today at either our Arlington or Dallas office.