Do You Have Heel or Arch Pain?
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common forms of foot pain and therefore is not a cause for worry so long as it does not go untreated. It is characterized by a sharp pain on the plantar fascia – the thick tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes.
Plantar Fasciitis tends to manifest itself through pain on the bottom of the heel that feels alleviated during rest but worse on weight-bearing after long periods of inactivity. The heel swells and stiffens, making it difficult to walk.
Plantar Fasciitis can be caused by anything that creates more weight onto the heel – whether it be rapid weight gain, flat foot, unsupportive footwear, prolonged standing, etc. Excessive exercise can also cause Fasciitis, such as long periods of running.
There are a number of ways you can relieve the pain you are experiencing due to Plantar Fasciitis. We recommend you consult a podiatrist first to ensure you have self-diagnosed correctly, so as not to make things worse and to check if it’s safe.
The first course of treatment of Plantar Fasciitis would begin with some simple acts of self-care.
A few examples are:
Is it serious?
Plantar Fasciitis only becomes more serious if left untreated and if the heel is subjected to prolonged pressure. What can happen is the Plantar Fascia can rupture, which is extremely painful. If you have any questions or are unsure whether you have Plantar Fasciitis, don’t hesitate to contact us. We can discuss it on the phone or book you in for an appointment so we may diagnose your symptoms.