If you are one of the millions of people who have pain on the bottom of one or both feet, especially upon rising in the morning, you could be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition often experienced by the middle-aged. However, anyone of any age can be stricken by the condition and it frequently occurs in those who are on their feet a lot, such as soldiers, athletes, and individuals who spend the majority of their time walking or standing while at work. Women tend to be affected by the plantar fasciitis more often than men, which has been attributed to lifestyle conditions such as footwear choice and the physical stressors of pregnancy. What exactly is plantar fasciitis? What are the symptoms and how can it be treated?
The Plantar Fascia
The plantar fascia is a ligament that stretches along the length of the foot, connecting your toes to your heel bone. This particular ligament plays a vital role in supporting the arch of the foot. When this ligament becomes inflamed often through overuse, it weakens, swells and becomes painful. When this happens consistently, and the pain isn’t relieved through traditional home remedies such as ice and elevation, plantar fasciitis is diagnosed by a healthcare professional.
Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms
Many people experience the most pain from their plantar fasciitis when they first wake up in the morning and straighten their foot in order to prepare for walking. This initial stretching irritates and inflames the plantar ligament. Individuals will also frequently experience pain if they try to walk or run for long periods of time. During the day, a person might also feel more pain during his or her initial steps after sitting for a long period of time as well.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Anyone who suspects they have plantar fasciitis should confirm their suspicions by receiving a diagnosis from a qualified medical professional. Once diagnosed, there are a variety of treatments available. For those in severe pain, a physician might inject steroids in the foot in order to relieve pain. Some physicians might prescribe a special boot to wear at night that will keep the plantar fascia stretched. In some cases, a doctor will prescribe special shoe inserts that will provide the proper support for the arch area. At Hampton Roads Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, our team of medical providers and physical therapists work in conjunction to diagnose and treat the symptoms and causes of your plantar fasciitis.
If you want to know more about plantar fasciitis or suspect that you may be affected by the symptoms of this common condition, contact us at (757) 873-1554 to schedule an appointment with one of our orthopaedic specialists, or use one of our convenient online scheduling tools. We will be happy to help you get back on your feet!