What is plantar fasciitis?
Have you recently stepped out of bed to experience a stabbing pain in your heel? You may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. This common disorder is characterized weakness, swelling, or inflammation in the heel of your foot. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that spans the entire bottom of your foot, connecting your toes to your heel. This tissue is responsible for creating the arch of the foot. When the tissue is overused or stretched too far, you may experience pain in your heel and difficulty walking.
What are the risk factors for plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is very common in people who are active runners, going long distances, down hills, or over jagged surfaces. It is common among people who are overweight or obese. In addition, you are more likely to suffer from this condition if you have abnormal arches, wear shoes that lack proper support, have a tight Achilles tendon, or if you have recently made a change in your physical activities.
Is plantar fasciitis treatable?
Yes, you can treat the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. When you visit Goldsboro Spine Center Experts for this condition, your provider will complete a thorough assessment of your medical history and symptoms. Our team of skilled professionals will review your information to determine which treatment options may be best for your case.
Although a traditional doctor may prescribe narcotic pain relievers and suggest that you take it easy on your injured heel, our rehab experts provide a much more hands-on approach. We have found that one of the most effective solutions for severe heel pain is adequate stretching. Your physical therapy specialist will demonstrate a selection of stretches you can do in a session and at home to improve heel pain. Your provider may also offer nutritional and lifestyle counseling so that you can make the appropriate changes to prevent further episodes of plantar fasciitis.