With the constant pressure and weight we put on our feet, there's no wonder foot pain is a common complaint. However, when pulling off your shoes and propping up your feet isn't enough to find relief, you could be suffering from a nasty problem called plantar fasciitis.
This common condition can result in intense and possibly debilitating foot pain. Fortunately, the doctors here at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City are experts in treating Plantar fasciitis. Here is what to know about the condition, and how we can help you find relief.
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissue becomes irritated and inflamed.
What can cause plantar fasciitis?
- Wearing flimsy, high heeled, too big or small or unsupportive shoes
- Standing for prolonged periods of time
- Being overweight
- Having tight calf muscles
- Having high arches in your feet
- Having flat feet
- Participating in exercise that puts constant pressure on your feet, such as sprinting
How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?
If you are experiencing one or more of the following, your foot pain may be the result of plantar fasciitis:
- Pain, ranging from mild-to-severe, on the underside of your foot near or on the heel
- Swelling of your heel
- Stiffness in your heel
- Pain that is particularly bad in the morning
- Pain that increases when you stand
- Pain that intensifies when you are carrying heavy objects
How can I treat my foot pain?
Your podiatrist at our Ellicott City office will first examine and press on your foot to feel for tenderness. Depending on the severity of your plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist may recommend one or more of the following at home or in-office treatments:
- Icing the area
- Wearing well-fitting, supportive shoes or using inserts
- Physical therapy
- Cortisone injections
- Wearing a splint or brace
- Maintaining a healthy body weight
- Sticking to low-pressure exercises
- Avoiding activities that put excess pressure on the foot, such as jumping or running
- Taking an over-the-counter oral pain reliever
- Stretching your arches
If none of the above lend the relief you need, your podiatrist may talk to you about surgical options at our Ellicott City office.
Need relief? Give us a call
If foot pain has you on the sidelines, call Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City at (410) 992-8504. We're here to get you back on your feet!