If you have sharp heel pain or uncomfortable burning in your heel when you get out of bed each morning, you might have plantar fasciitis. This painful condition occurs when the thick band of tissue on the bottom of your foot gets damaged, and it’s important to get help from a foot expert to get past it. The podiatry care team at Foot and Ankle Specialists in Las Vegas, Taos, Gallup, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque, New Mexico is here for you. Book your appointment through the online tool or by phone now.
By far, the most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is sharp heel pain. Most patients say that the pain happens when getting out of bed in the morning, taking the first steps of the day.
Plantar fasciitis pain can also strike when you're standing up after an extended period of sitting. In most cases, the pain dissipates after walking and then returns the next time you stand up after resting. For athletes or sports enthusiasts, plantar fasciitis doesn’t strike during sports but afterward.
Many men and women who suffer from plantar fasciitis develop heel spurs. Usually, the plantar fasciitis is the root cause of both heel spurs and pain.
Abnormal foot structure often causes plantar fasciitis. If you have problems like flat feet or very high arches, you're more likely to develop plantar fasciitis.
Athletes may suffer from plantar fasciitis. Activities like running and jumping place extra stress on the plantar fascia, potentially causing the damage leading to plantar fasciitis.
Another common cause of plantar fasciitis is long periods of standing on hard surfaces, especially if you wear improper footwear. Many teachers get plantar fasciitis because they spend so much time on their feet.
Extra weight can increase the load that your plantar fascia has to bear, and this can contribute to plantar fasciitis.
Treatment depends on your symptoms. Most cases of plantar fasciitis respond very well to noninvasive treatments including:
If the above treatments don't work, other options can include:
In rare cases, some patients may need surgery for plantar fasciitis, but most sufferers respond very well to the noninvasive measures above.
Put an end to the heel pain today. Use the online scheduler or call Foot and Ankle Specialists to get plantar fasciitis help at the location nearest you now.