When it comes to heel pain, plantar fasciitis is in a league of its own, practically hobbling you when you take your first steps in the morning or after a long period of inactivity. If you’re tired of wincing with each step, there are solutions that can quiet the pain and remedy the problem.
At Urgently Ortho, our team of orthopedic specialists understands the many conditions that can cause pain and, more important, what we can do about them. For our patients in the Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona, communities, we offer the latest treatment protocols to help put plantar fasciitis pain where it belongs‚ in the past.
Here’s a look at the best solutions for treating plantar fasciitis pain.
In order to better understand why you’re in pain, let’s take a quick look at what’s behind plantar fasciitis. Your plantar fascia is a tough band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your feet, from your heels to the base of your toes. The tissue’s primary responsibility is to provide support for your arches, allowing you to walk, run, and jump with ease.
If, however, you place too much strain on this tissue, tiny tears can develop, which lead to the inflammation that’s the hallmark of plantar fasciitis. This inflammation causes your plantar fascia to tighten when it’s not in use, so when you take your first steps, the inflammation prevents this band of tissue from stretching out properly. And that, in turn, can cause great pain.
In addition to the pain, you may develop heel spurs, which is your body’s way of trying to strengthen the area. Unfortunately, heel spurs rarely accomplish this and only add to the problem by providing another point of pain.
There are many ways we can tackle plantar fasciitis, and our first goal is to help relieve your pain, which we can do with anti-inflammatory medications. You can also ice the area to reduce the inflammation. While these measures provide immediate relief, we still need to tackle the underlying problem. Here’s how:
One of the most effective solutions for plantar fasciitis is a gentle stretching regimen that prevents the tissue from tightening and causing pain. When you come in, we’ll supply you with the best exercises for plantar fasciitis pain.
The odds are your plantar fasciitis developed on the heels of strenuous activity, so we ask that you give your feet a break while your body heals the tissue.
While you’re resting your feet, giving your plantar fascia time to repair itself, we use platelet-rich plasma and amniotic therapies to help speed the process along. These regenerative measures tap your body’s own incredible resources to help your tissue rebuild on a cellular level.
Another great way to keep the pressure off your plantar fascia is to use custom orthotics. Designed to fit your foot and your problem, these custom inserts can redistribute the load on your feet, giving your plantar fascia the support it needs to help you move through the world.
More often than not, we can resolve your plantar fasciitis using a combination of these solutions for a multi-pronged effort that tackles the problem from every angle. This type of approach will help your tissue heal more quickly, relieving your pain and helping you regain your full mobility.
To get started treating your plantar fasciitis, please give us a call. Or you can use our online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.