What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. It is an injury to the plantar fascia, the most important structure at the bottom of your foot that holds your plantar arch together. Pain is usually located at the heel, but can also happen underneath the arch. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by a sharp pain in the morning when you first stand up and/or pain after a while of walking or running.
When left untreated, plantar fasciitis can become very painful and cause injuries elsewhere as you change your way of walking. In more severe cases of plantar fasciitis, as tensions build up, the plantar fascia can tear up and even completely rupture.
How to treat plantar fasciitis?
Your podiatrist can easily treat your plantar fasciitis by applying the proper treatment for your condition:
1. Reducing your plantar fasciitis pain
Your podiatrist can prescribe anti-inflammatory medication according to your medical condition to reduce your foot pain. For severe cases of plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist can provide more efficient pain relief with an ultrasound-guided cortisone injection. By utilizing ultrasound techniques, your podiatrist is able to visualize the extent of your plantar fasciitis and to precisely administer the cortisone injection. Ultrasound-guided cortisone injections are less painful and more efficient than standard injections to treat plantar fasciitis.
2. Providing proper support for your plantar fasciitis
Your foot needs support in order to heal properly and to prevent the plantar fasciitis from happening again. Your podiatrist can provide temporary support and pain relief with a sport tapping. For long-term treatment and prevention of your plantar fasciitis, your podiatrist can provide you a custom-made plantar orthotic.
3. Strengthening your plantar fascia
Your plantar fasciitis is essentially caused by an excess of tension in your foot. Your podiatrist can prescribe you proper strengthening exercises and stretches to relieve your plantar fasciitis from the excess tension.
How to treat plantar fasciitis at home?
While waiting for your podiatric consultation, you can relieve your pain at home by following these steps: