Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. Involved is pain and inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.
You may notice sharp or stabbing pain with your first steps out of bed in the morning, this may be when your pain is the worst. After walking around for awhile, the pain may decrease. The pain may also be present with long periods of standing or after getting up from a seated position. Each time you get up to walk and have the stabbing pain you are re-injuring and ripping or tearing the fascia that was trying to heal while you were at rest.
If you don’t treat plantar fasciitis, it will become a chronic condition. Your level of activity may be decreased as you will avoid activities in fear of flaring up your foot pain. It may also cause you to change the way you walk to avoid putting pressure on your heel. Compensating while walking may cause you to have pain in other areas such as other foot pains, knee, hip and back problems.
Seeing a doctor as soon as possible to be properly diagnosed and given a treatment algorithm is highly recommended. The longer you suffer from plantar fasciitis the harder it will be to rid the symptoms. There are several at-home treatments you can do to help treat and heal your fascia. You may consider a cortisone injection to help decrease inflammation and assist in healing.
Call Dr. Hollander, D.P.M. at 707-578-1222, for an appointment today. Dr. Hollander will give you a treatment algorithm that will greatly decrease your symptoms and heal your fascia quickly getting you back to all the activities that you enjoy pain-free.