Signs You May Have Plantar Fasciitis
It's time to get out of bed in the morning. You dread it, not because you have to face the day, but because your heel hurts so much when your feet hit the floor. Yes, the pain lessens as the morning goes on, but really, should you be in this much pain? What's the cause? Your Chattanooga, TN podiatrist can help you with this awful foot pain. Dr. Dennis Bizzoco and Dr. Brian Burgan of Associates in Foot and Ankle Care treat a common condition called plantar fasciitis. Read on, and learn all about this inflammatory condition and what can be done about it.
Plantar fasciitis. The pain, swelling, and soreness happen when the band of connective tissue on the bottom of your foot gets inflamed due to overuse and other factors. Podiatrists call that connective tissue the plantar fascia, and hence the name of the bothersome malady that affects millions, especially in the 40 to 60 age group, says the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society.
The plantar fascia connects the heel bone, or calcaneus, to the base of the toes. So this ligament plays an important role in supporting your arches every time you place weight on them or walk, run or jump. While physical activity is vital to health and well-being, overdoing any kind of exercise, such as running, tennis, dancing and the like, can strain the body's support system. Besides pain, some individuals develop a bony spur at the connection point between the heel bone and plantar fascia.
Additionally, these things contribute to plantar fasciitis:
- Being overweight
- Standing on your feet for long periods of time
- Wearing shoes that provide little support (such as summer flip flops)
- Going barefoot
- Overpronation, or an extreme turning in of the foot at the arch as you walk or run
Treatments for foot pain in Chattanooga
Dr. Bizzoco or Dr. Burgan likely will diagnose plantar fasciitis on the basis of your symptoms and physical examination. The podiatrist may recommend simple rest as needed but may advise a routine of stretching exercises to be performed first thing in the morning and before a workout. Sometimes, oral antiflammatories help as do cortisone injections into the foot. A change in footwear to something more substantial may correct the problem, too.
In addition, custom-made shoe inserts, or orthotics, correct the gait, taking pressure off the ligament. in more extreme cases, your doctor may advise plantar fascia release surgery, in which the ligament is lengthened, and/or removal of any heel spur. Each case is different, and your podiatrist will determine the course of treatment best for your feet and your lifestyle.
No more pain
Why not wake up in the morning ready to go? You can when you receive relief from your foot pain in Chattanooga, TN. For your personalized consultation with one of our podiatrists, contact Associates in Foot and Ankle Care at (423) 855-0728.