An estimated 15 percent of all adult foot complaints involve plantar fasciitis or heel pain that is due to chronic inflammation of the connective tissue between the heel bone and toes. Being overweight and wearing inappropriate shoes are the most common causes. The pain is most noticeable after getting out of bed in the morning, decreasing after a few minutes and returning as time on the feet increases.
Initial treatment includes anti-inflammatory medications, padding and strapping the foot, and physical therapy. Patients also should stretch calf muscles regularly, use over-the-counter arch supports and heel cushions, limit extensive physical activities, and avoid wearing flat shoes or walking barefoot. Most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to nonsurgical treatment within six weeks. However, surgery is sometimes necessary to relieve severe, persistent pain.
Heel pain may also be caused by inflammation of the Achilles tendon, bursitis, arthritis, gout, stress fractures or nerve irritation. Therefore, diagnosis by a podiatric foot and ankle surgeon to rule out other causes is advised.
If you’re suffering with foot pain, don’t delay making an appointment with East Penn Foot and Ankle Associates for an examination and diagnosis. Make your next step pain free.