If your ability to jump out of bed in the morning is hampered by searing pain in your heels and along the bottom of your feet, odds are that you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis. At Dr. Tek Footcare, Tekchand Thakurdial, DPM, understands what drives plantar fasciitis and, more importantly, how to bring you relief. To put an end to the pain that comes with plantar fasciitis, call the Staten Island, New York, office or request an appointment using the online scheduler.
Stretching across the bottom of your feet are bands of connective tissue called your plantar fascia, which connects your heel bone to your toes. These tissues provide critical support and shock absorption for your arches, which means they’re extremely hard-working areas of your body.
If you develop tiny tears in the tissue, it can become inflamed, which is what leads to the pain you experience when you first get out of bed or after a long period off of your feet. This is because the tissue tightens due to the inflammation, and when you place pressure on the tissue again, it causes pain as the plantar fascia stretches back out.
In some cases, plantar fasciitis can also lead to bone spurs, which develop on your talus, or heel bone, which can exacerbate the problem.
The most common driver of plantar fasciitis is wear-and-tear. If you spend long hours on your feet or you’re a runner who prefers hard surfaces, this makes you more susceptible to developing plantar fasciitis.
As well, age can play a role, as the wear-and-tear can catch up with you as you enter your 40s, 50s, and beyond.
Another contributing factor to plantar fasciitis is carrying extra weight. Your feet are designed to support a certain amount of weight, but when you add to this, the connective tissue isn’t able to handle the extra load.
Rounding out the causes of plantar fasciitis are structural issues, like flat feet.
After examining your feet and reviewing your symptoms, Dr. Tek comes up with an appropriate treatment plan for your plantar fasciitis, which may include:
You can do your part at home by icing the area and wearing shoes that provide the proper support. You should also take it easy on your feet for a few weeks to allow time for the tissue to heal.
Plantar fasciitis rarely requires a surgical solution as the therapies listed above are usually enough to relieve the pain and help your tissue rebuild itself.
For experienced care of your plantar fasciitis, call Dr. Tek Footcare or use the online scheduler to set up an appointment.