Naples Plantar Fasciitis Sufferers Turn to Bonita Springs, FL, Podiatrist For the Best Treatments
Plantar Fasciitis is the painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a strong band of tissue that works to support the arch of the foot and as a shock absorber. It’s a painful and typically common injury with approximately 1 in 10 people suffering from the condition at some point in their lives and plantar fasciitis most commonly occurs in those between the ages of 40 to 60 years of age, however women will often experience this condition more than men.
Pain in the heel area is often a good indicator that you may have aggravated this tissue and it is often localized to a small area of the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. If you find that the first few steps you take in the morning are the most painful or that the pain becomes exaggerated when you first move after a long period of rest, it is likely that you are experiencing plantar fasciitis.
There are many reasons why this condition can suddenly occur, for example:
— Have you been standing on your feet for prolonged periods or running or walking excessively?
— Do you wear shoes that have minimal arch support or cushioning for the soles of the feet?
— Is your Achilles tendon and ankle area tight and inflexible?
Once the plantar fascia has been aggravated, the inflamed tissue tends to heal quite slowly so be prepared that it may take a few months, but whilst treatment from a registered podiatrist is recommended, there are some self-help treatments that can be used to speed recovery or to support treatment.
— There is no substitute for rest, try to reduce the amount of time walking and standing and definitely avoid running. Gentle walking and stretching is ok but it is important to not over-do any exercise.
— Invest in shoes that cushion the soles of the feet and support the arches, shoes must be well-fitting and this includes sports footwear.
— There are various supports and heel pads that can be placed within the shoe to help protect the heel and arch. If your heel is very tender, it is worth cutting a hole in the heel pad so that the sore area does not come into direct contact with the shoe. Make sure that you use pads in both shoes however, even if only one foot has plantar fasciitis.
— Take painkillers where necessary. Anti-inflammatory medication can be useful but you can also try an ice-pack on the injured area for ten to fifteen minutes at a time. Use cold therapy as often as is required, it may not speed up recovery but it will ease the pain.
— Gentle stretching of the Achilles tendon can also help to ease any symptoms because a tightness of the tendon can aggravate the plantar fascia. Many people who have this condition suffer from an inflexibility of the ankle area.
It is important to seek professional help as a podiatrist will be able to use ultrasound to determine whether the pain you are suffering is caused through a plantar fasciitis and not a plantar fibroma or a rupture of the fascial band and heel spur. Because these are all treated in a different way, correct diagnosis is vital. The ultrasound will also enable the podiatrist to monitor the effects as treatment continues.
If you live in Naples, FL or Fort Myers, FL (and all the more if you live anywhere near Bonita Springs) you should seek out Dr. Christopher Paladino.
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