Do you have pain in your heel? If you do, you should be aware that plantar fasciitis is the single most common cause of heel pain. It is also a cause of pain that a foot doctor with experience can treat.
Elizabeth E. Auger, DPM can provide you with relief from heel pain resulting from plantar fasciitis. Contact Dr. Auger to discover more about our three offices in and around Salt Lake where patients can come for convenient treatment to resolve all of their foot health issues.
Plantar fasciitis develops when the ligaments that support the arch of your foot become strained. The plantar fasciitis is a flat ligament connecting the heel to the toe bone. Staining the plantar fascia ligament can result in tiny tears developing in the ligament. These tiny tears can cause you to experience pain in the heels and can result in swelling in the area.
Plantar fasciitis is more likely to occur when you have arch problems, like flatfoot or high arches. If your feet roll inward when you walk, if you are overweight, if you walk or stand for long periods, or if you wear poorly-fitting or worn out shoes, plantar fasciitis is more likely to occur. Tightness in the calves or the Achilles tendon can also increase the risk of plantar fasciitis.
If you are suffering from plantar fasciitis, you may experience pain in the heel from the first steps you take in the morning. This pain will usually get progressively worse as the day goes on. The pain typically intensifies when you climb stairs. There are lots of causes of foot and heel pain, though, so you should make certain you get a proper diagnosis from a foot doctor to find out if you actually have plantar fasciitis or if you have a different condition.
When you visit Dr. Auger with heel pain, a comprehensive examination is the first step. Dr. Auger will examine the foot and discuss your symptoms. In some cases, X-rays may be necessary to rule out other problems, such as a stress fracture.
Once plantar fasciitis is diagnosed, Dr. Auger will help you to come up with a treatment plan. This could include resting and icing to reduce pain and swelling; using pain relievers; and doing stretches of the calves and toes. You may need to change your footwear, use orthotics or other shoe inserts, or try heel cups. Splints can also be used to treat plantar fasciitis and can be worn at night. In some rare cases, conservative treatments do not work and surgery may become necessary.