Do you have sharp, stabbing, or burning pain on the bottom of your foot or heel when you step out of bed in the morning? If you said yes, you could be one of the millions of Americans suffering from Plantar Fasciitis.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
The condition is inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament that run from your toes to your heel on the bottom of your foot. The ligament is made up of fibrous brands of tissue that move with every step you take. When tears or damage occur to the tissue, inflammation occurs and it becomes extremely painful.
The pain can almost disappear when the foot is resting, because the ligament is not moving. During the night, the ligament tightens, which is why when you take your first steps out of bed in the morning it can feel excrutiating.
What causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Because the plantar fascia ligament functions similar to a rubber band, expanding and contracting with movement, the condition can occur from many things including: walking, running, jumping, or changes to your workout routine. The ligament absorbs weight and pressure from every step taken, making it difficult to want to walk, let alone run when suffering from it.
Physical issues such as flat feet, high arches, pronation, supination, can also increase the risk of suffering from this. Age, hormonal changes in pregnant woman, and wearing high heels can also be a factor for damage to the ligament.
How Is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
In severe cases, surgery, however for most people the condition can be treated with stretches, ice, rest, and wearing proper footwear. When you take a step, weight distribution and proper ankle alignment is key to protecting the ligament. Wearing the correct shoes is important. One insole on the market (Protalus M Series) has been proven and patented to help align the ankle up to 5x more than an everyday drug store insole. It is a brand our resident podiatrist, Dr. Nick Romansky recommends to his patients at Healthmark Foot & Ankle.
What You Can Do Today.
Check the condition of your workout shoes. If they are old, it is time for a new pair. Wear shoes that provide stability, support, and cushion.
Do Not Walk Barefoot.
Dr. Romansky encourages, all to not ignore their heel pain, I have seen many cases of heel pain throughout the years that I have been practicing podiatry. One common theme that seems to continue as I receive new patients with heel-related issues, is that pain is an important signal that your body is telling your brain. Anytime you experience pain in the foot, ankle, or leg you must be observant and cautious of what your body is telling you; pain means something is not right. Very often with heel pain, patients think, “oh it’s just a little heel pain, it’ll eventually go away.” Usually it’s something much worse, especially when the conditions persist over long periods of time.