Successful Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
For more minor cases, the pain may resolve naturally in time with adequate rest and home management. However, plantar fasciitis that is particularly painful or has become chronic can be more challenging to eliminate, partially due to the presence of scar tissue (which is harder for the body to heal on its own).
Traditional treatments include a mix of RICE therapy (rest, ice, compression, elevation), physical therapy and stretching programs to help relax the plantar fascia and strengthen lower leg muscles, and splints that are worn at night to stretch your calves, plantar fascia, and Achilles tendon as you sleep. Custom orthotics may also be recommended to provide additional cushioning and shock absorption, as well as correct any underlying foot problems that may be contributing to your heel pain (such as flat feet or high arches).
Plantar Fasciitis Prevention Strategies
As an overuse injury, plantar fasciitis can often be prevented or at least minimized by modifying activities or environmental factors. For starters, make sure you’re wearing an appropriate pair of shoes that provides proper support and shock absorption—if your athletic sneakers are looking a little worn out, it’s time to replace them. Second, if you’re an avid runner or high-impact athlete (such as basketball player), try easing up on those activities a bit and replacing some of that training time with low-impact alternatives like walking or cycling, or running on softer and more level surfaces.
If stabbing heel pain is making your mornings miserable, and keeping you from enjoying daily activities and hobbies, please seek treatment as soon as possible, rather than hoping it’ll go away on its own. Let Premier Podiatry Group get you back on your feet. To schedule an appointment with us in Ebensburg, PA, fill out our online contact form or give us a call at (814) 472-2660.