Do you have pain in the bottom of 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. This ligament may become inflamed at the heel attachment if you have overly-flat or high-arches, work long hours on hard surfaces, or wear non-supportive footwear.
If you are unable to come in to see Dr. Mendoza or Dr. Wakefield for a few days, try to avoid going barefoot – no shoes puts more strain on the plantar fascia (especially if you're walking on sandy beaches!). Resting, icing the heel, and stretching the calf and Achilles tendon can also help ease the pain. Wearing supportive shoes is also important! Other treatment options include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Strapping the foot
- 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
- EPAT Treatment