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By Maryland Podiatry Center
March 24, 2020
Category: Foot Health
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

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!

By Maryland Podiatry Center
October 29, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Your Podiatrist in Ellicott City, MD, can help you get relief from plantar fasciitis symptoms

Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that can affect your ability to stand and walk around. When you experience plantar fasciitis pain, it can keep you sidelined to the couch. Fortunately, there are effective treatments for plantar fasciitis and your podiatrist can help. Dr. John J. Murphy at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD, can get you back on your feet!

The wide, thick band of tissue running across your heel is called the plantar fascia. It becomes inflamed, resulting in the condition known as plantar fasciitis. Runners commonly suffer from plantar fasciitis, but anyone can acquire the condition. Plantar fasciitis pain can be caused by:

  • Being overweight, putting stress on your feet
  • Having flat feet, resulting in lack of foot support
  • Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods of time, causing trauma to your feet
  • Overpronating or rolling your feet when you walk, causing tendon and muscle imbalance

The most common signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • A stabbing, sharp pain around your heel
  • Increasing heel pain when you first wake up
  • Increasing heel pain after you exercise
  • Worsening heel pain when you rise or stand after being seated

You can try a few simple home remedies to get relief from mild plantar fasciitis symptoms. Remember to:

  • Do arch stretches several times each day
  • Take over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and pain medications
  • Avoid going barefoot and always wear supportive shoes
  • Elevate your feet several times each day to ease foot stress and pain

For moderate to severe plantar fasciitis symptoms, it’s best to see your podiatrist. There are several professional treatments to help relieve your pain, including:

  • Custom-fit orthotics, night splints, and other supportive devices
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to increase mobility
  • Prescription-strength anti-inflammatory medication to decrease swelling
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT) to decrease symptoms

Plantar fasciitis pain doesn’t have to control your day! Relief is just a phone call away. Get some relief by calling Dr. John J. Murphy at Maryland Podiatry Center in Ellicott City, MD, today!