Heel pain is nothing to ignore. Causing extreme discomfort and even long-term immobility, this podiatric condition can change your life permanently...unless you receive help from your Fort Myers podiatrist, Dr. Brian Doerr. He sees many cases of heel pain, and most come from a condition called plantar fasciitis. Learn here how to regain your mobility and be pain-free.
Plantar fasciitis. An inflammatory condition of the plantar fascia, connective tissue which runs along the bottom of the foot between the toes and heel. plantar fasciitis really hurts, particularly in the area of the heel bone. In fact, many podiatry patients in Fort Myers have spurs, or bony projections, off their heel bones, adding to the discomfort of plantar fasciitis.
Who gets this common problem, and what causes it? Basically, it's an overuse issue associated with poor gait. In other words, if you are on your feet a lot, or if you are an avid runner or tennis player, you may develop heel pain.
Overpronation, a gait imbalance involving the inward rotation of the foot and flattening of the arch, adds to the discomfort, along with obesity, poorly structured shoes and age. Foot experts at the Cleveland Clinic say that most people with plantar fasciitis are between the ages of 30 and 60.
Treating heel pain
When your podiatrist examines and images your feet (with X-rays or an MRI), he can pinpoint plantar fascia problems and heel spurs. Symptoms, along with what precipitates and relieves them, clarify the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis.
What can be done? Surprisingly, few people require surgery. Simple rest, ice, elevation and over the counter pain meds relieve immediate symptoms. Long-term, however, many patients require:
- Custom-made shoe inserts to correct their gait imbalance and to support and cushion the arch
- Physical therapy
- Stretching exercises, particularly first thing in the morning and before a workout, says the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
- Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen
- Night splints which keep the plantar fasciia stretched
- A program of regular exercise and weight loss
University Health News reports that people who consistently follow a rehab regimen set out by their podiatrists or orthopedic physicians experience vast improvement in their plantar fasciitis.
You can manage your heel pain with a little counsel from Dr. Brian Doerr in Fort Myers, FL. He and his staff offer top-notch care for all your podiatric needs; so don't wait. Call (239) 931-3668, and treat your feet well.