Heel Pain / Plantar Fasciitis
Foot Specialist of Birmingham: Find Heel Pain Treatment Birmingham
When someone says to “be on your toes,” they’re likely referring to being ready for something. But you may not be ready for the discomfort on the flip side of the foot: plantar fasciitis, also known as heel pain. If you’re experiencing excess pain in your feet, that may be the reason.
Plantar fasciitis starts with slight pain under the heel when standing. It usually peaks in the early morning, immediately after getting out of bed. Usually, the pain subsides once out and about. As plantar fasciitis worsens, your gait changes. This change extends to posture and motion, and can prove quite noticeable. Other joints, such as in the hips and knees, also fall prey to pain over time.
Why Do I Feel Heel Pain?
If you have plantar fasciitis, the source of your heel pain likely comes from repetitive heel pounding, rather than from a singular fall, twist, or sprain.
But what exactly is plantar fasciitis? It’s inflammation of the thick tissue that links the sole of your foot to your heel. The bulk of the pain centers around the bottom of the heel. Usually, overnight stiffness aggravates it, which is why morning’s can feel worse pain-wise.
What Are Some Causes?
As mentioned, pain in the plantar fascia primarily links back to a repeated pressure placed on that part of the foot. Running over long distances, especially those that are rough, rugged, or uneven, carries a risk for plantar fasciitis. Due to the angle and pressure, running downhill can be a contributing factor to heel pain as well.
Other sources for plantar fascia inflammation could include:
- Rigid or taut calf muscles;
- More pronounced physical activity;
- Spontaneous and rapid turns on your feet;
- Shoes that provide little arch support;
- Soft-soled shoes;
- And sudden changes in shoe type.
Factors for plantar fasciitis don’t stop there. Jobs and activities that require standing for long periods of time add to foot stress, which can form into plantar fasciitis. Being overweight also increases the chances.
At times, bone spurs and plantar fasciitis can both be present on the foot. While their timing may coincide, bone spurs rarely cause the lion’s share of pain, if any at all. Plantar fasciitis is the likely culprit. Treat it properly—and the bone spur will probably prove benign.
How Do I Find Relief from the Pain?
If at-home remedies like switching out shoes or icing the area don’t improve pain, it’s time to seek attention from a podiatrist or foot specialist. Foot specialists can diagnose, treat, and make recommendations to help relieve foot pain and further boost foot well being.
Birmingham Podiatry: Foot Specialists of Birmingham
When heel pain becomes heightened, you may find relief lacking and a viable treatment option unsure. With our podiatry clinic in Birmingham, AL, you can rely on expert foot treatment that addresses and relieves pain from plantar fasciitis, as well as peace of mind for the future. Make an appointment with us today.