If you have pain in your heel, especially in the morning, you may suffer from plantar fasciitis, a common condition that affects nearly 2 million Americans. The team of board-certified physicians at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute treat plantar fasciitis and other foot and heel issues. With offices in Crown Point and Munster, Indiana, Dr. Michael Lacey, and Dr. Bernard Rerri take their time to fully understand your condition and concerns, ensuring they treat your root problem. To learn more about what they can do for you, call the office or book your initial appointment online.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that results when your plantar fascia, a thin ligament that runs from the heel of your foot to your toes, becomes inflamed. When too much pressure is put on the foot, this ligament becomes injured, causing inflammation.
Although anyone can develop plantar fasciitis, certain risk factors make the condition more likely to develop, including:
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is heel pain, especially heel pain that occurs in the morning or after a period of inactivity. Often, the more you move your foot, the less pain you experience.
In most cases, your doctor at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute can determine if plantar fasciitis is causing your heel pain through an examination. They may look for tender spots and ask questions about your pain. In rare cases, they may request an X-ray or MRI to rule out other causes of heel pain.
Your doctor may recommend rest and over-the-counter pain relievers to help with discomfort and inflammation. As your foot begins to heal, your doctor may give you exercises that stretch and strengthen your plantar fascia. If you don’t notice improvement, they may recommend a different treatment approach.
If an issue in your gait or foot structure causes your plantar fasciitis, your doctor may suggest wearing custom orthotics. These shoe inserts offer the support your heel and arch need to avoid injury or damage to the ligament.
In more severe cases, your doctor may recommend corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation. When your plantar fasciitis is persistent, your doctor may opt for surgery.
When heel pain begins to interfere with your daily living, it’s time to find a real solution. Call today to schedule your appointment with a board-certified physician at Orthopaedic Podiatric & Spine Institute. You can even book your initial consultation online.