Find out how to address heel pain when it happens to you.
Are you noticing a sharp pain at the bottom of your heel when walking, standing, or exercising? If so, you could be dealing with an inflammatory condition known as plantar fasciitis. It’s more common than you might think and is a common cause of heel pain. Here are some ways to treat heel pain on your own and how our Ridgefield, CT, podiatrist Dr. Allan Rosenthal can help.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick ligament that runs along the soles of your feet from your toes to your heels. This ligament is responsible for supporting the arches of your feet and the rest of your foot while walking or standing. If the plantar fasciitis becomes inflamed or develops micro tears (often from overuse), this can lead to heel pain.
What can cause plantar fasciitis?
This condition happens as a result of the plantar fascia becoming overstretched. If you pronate (where your foot naturally rolls inward) when you run or walk, you may develop heel pain. Runners who suddenly increase the intensity or duration of their run may also increase their risk for plantar fasciitis.
If you are overweight or obese, pregnant, or on your feet most of the day, you may also be prone to plantar fasciitis.
When should I turn to a podiatrist about my heel pain?
If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time, it’s always a good idea to visit our Ridgefield, CT, foot doctor for a proper diagnosis. After all, this isn’t the only cause of heel pain, so it’s essential that your feet are getting the proper care they deserve. It’s also good to schedule an appointment if heel pain worsens or isn’t responding to rest and at-home care after about one week.
How is this problem treated?
Most of the time, the inflammation will go away as long as you care for your feet and avoid high-impact or strenuous activities. The more often you can rest, the better. You may also take pain relievers to ease discomfort and swelling. Your podiatrist may also show you a series of exercises that you can do from the comfort of your own home to help alleviate pain.
Advanced Foot Care Center is proud to provide comprehensive foot and ankle care to patients in Ridgefield, CT, from heel pain treatment to diabetic foot care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosenthal, call our office today at (203) 431-0048.