When Sharp, Stabbing Arch or Heel Pain Interrupts Your Life
Helping patients get back to enjoying their lives without foot pain is one of the reasons we love what we do. We often have patients who come to see us complaining of pain in their heel or their arch. Heel pain is most commonly caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis and it can be truly debilitating for some people.
Do you experience sharp pains in your feet when you step out of bed in the morning? Does it hurt when you stand up after sitting for a while? Does your heel pain get worse over the course of the day or especially after you exercise? If you answered yes to these questions, it is likely you have plantar fasciitis and we’d like to inform you of how it could have happened and what we can do to resolve your pain.
What is plantar fasciitis?
This common condition involves the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue along the bottom of your foot that is attached to your heel bone and extends out to your toes. This important fibrous band supports your arch and the muscles in your foot. It is like a built in shock absorber for your foot.
If repetitive shock and stress put on the foot is too much for it to bear, tiny tears can develop in the plantar fascia. When it is repeatedly stretched and torn, it becomes irritated and inflamed, resulting in heel pain and a case of plantar fasciitis.
How does this happen?
If you have heel pain, it is important to understand how it may have occurred to be able to prevent it in the future; understanding how you could be at risk for this foot problem also helps avoid it.
There are several reasons this injury could occur. It can happen to men and women alike and is a common foot injury with those who are involved in athletics. The plantar fascia could be damaged by doing too much too soon in a particular activity. For example, if you are new to running, going too fast for long distances can put too much stress on your feet. Athletes in competitive or professional sports who are involved in intense training are also at risk for this injury.
Another cause is wearing shoes with poor support. We all have a certain foot type that needs appropriate support and cushioning. This is especially true if you have flat feet or high arches. Wearing shoes with inadequate support, especially if you have a job that requires you to be on your feet all day, will put abnormal strain on the plantar fascia. Obesity and pregnancy are two other risk factors for injury to this area of the foot.
How we can help?
If you are experiencing some of the symptoms described above, we encourage you to visit our office for a complete exam to confirm the exact cause of your foot pain. The sooner we start treatment, the quicker your recovery will be. To help with your heel pain we may use one or more of our proven and effective treatment methods, which include: icing, anti-inflammatory medications, physical therapy, shoe modification, custom orthotics, splints, taping and possible surgery.
Don’t start one more morning with foot pain when you don’t have to. Call Dr. Lawrence Kales today for treatment that will get you back on your feet and able to enjoy your life without pain. We have two offices to serve you – make an appointment today at Bayonet Point Foot Health Center in Hudson, FL by calling (727) 868-2128 or at Spring Hill Foot Health Center in Springhill, FL at (352) 683-5799.