Do you have pain in your heel? Is it worse when you first get up in the morning? Or after you have been sitting down for a while and stand back up? Does it seem to subside but then return after spending a long time on your feet? You may have plantar fasciitis!
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia – the ligament that stretches from your heel to your toes. The ligament can become inflamed at your heel if you have problems with your arches (either overly flat or high-arched), work long hours on hard surfaces, or wear non-supportive footwear.
If you are unable to come in to see Dr. Mendoza for a few days, try to avoid going barefoot – no shoes puts more strain on the plantar fascia. Resting, icing the heel, and stretching the calf and Achilles tendon can also help ease the pain. Wearing supportive shoes is important; Dr. Mendoza recommends running shoes for everyone (even if you’re only walking in them!). Other treatment options include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Strapping the foot
- Custom orthotics to support the arch
- Steroid injections to break the pain cycle
- Night splints to keep the keep the plantar fascia extended while sleeping
- Surgical release of the ligament
Call our office at 615-452-8899to schedule an appointment to treat your heel pain!