For sufferers of plantar fasciitis, just getting out of bed might be the most stressful challenge of the day. That’s when the sharp, stabbing pain of this heel pain condition often makes itself most known. It may take 10-15 minutes of agonized hobbling before the discomfort subsides to a manageable level, but it’ll be back the next morning—or later in the day, after standing for a while, climbing stairs, or getting up after a lengthy sit.
Chronic heel pain from plantar fasciitis can be a major obstacle preventing you from doing your best at work or enjoying or accomplishing your daily activities, hobbies, and goals. Fortunately, the condition is very treatable, and new technologies are helping to change the game even further.
A Closer Look at the Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
The problem occurs in the plantar fascia, a tough and fibrous band of tissues that support the bottom of your foot, particularly your arch. A healthy plantar fascia acts as a natural shock absorber, flexing and bearing the force of each step. However, too much weight and pressure over a period of time can begin to stretch and tear the plantar fascia, or even cause degeneration in the tissue fibers.
There’s not always an obvious single cause of plantar fasciitis pain, but there are a number of factors associated with a higher risk. The condition is common among runners, as well as those who work mostly on their feet. Having structural or biomechanical foot problems (such as flat feet or an abnormal gait) also increase your risk, along with being overweight.
How to Get Rid of Plantar Fasciitis Pain
There’s no single approach to relieving your foot pain; the right treatment method for you will depend on the particulars of your case and your personal goals. Some of the more common approaches are described below.
In milder cases, conservative therapies practiced at home can bring the needed relief. Take some time away from high-impact physical activities (if possible) to rest your feet. Using ice, massage, or OTC painkillers in moderation can also help ease painful symptoms. We’ll also be happy to provide you with tips and advice on stretching, physical therapy, and even information on what types of shoes to wear or avoid.
Custom orthotics are one of the most highly effective tools available to correct or accommodate the kinds of biomechanical or structural foot problems that are often ultimately responsible for your heel pain. Made to fit your foot shape exactly, a custom orthotic can significantly reduce the amount of pressure on your arches and heels.
This exciting, advanced procedure has been making a huge difference for plantar fasciitis sufferers in recent years. The technology delivers pulses of energy (similar to sound waves) directly to the site of the painful tissue. Those pressure waves then stimulate your body’s own cells to kick into overdrive, boosting circulation to the affected area and accelerating the natural rate of healing and cellular regeneration.
EPAT treatment is non-invasive (no cuts or incisions) and produces few if any side effects, with minor aching or bruising at most. It is most recommended for those who continue to suffer from chronic plantar fasciitis even after other conservative approaches have been attempted, and offers an excellent alternative to surgery for many patients.
Your feet deserve the best. Named the top podiatrist in Las Vegas by the Consumer Research Council of America, the team at Absolute Foot Care Specialists delivers high-quality, cutting-edge care to help you stop chronic plantar fasciitis pain for good. To schedule an appointment at one of our offices, please give us a call at (702) 839-2010. You can also request an appointment by completing our online contact form.