Find Relief From Your Foot Pain
Plantar fasciitis affects many people and is one of the most common conditions relating to foot pain. This irritating and frustrating problem can affect walking and standing, making daily activities more difficult. Luckily, your Richmond, VA podiatrists at Achilles Foot and Ankle Center can help you find relief from your foot pain for good.Plantar Fasciitis
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament between the heel and toes which supports the foot’s arch, called the plantar fascia, becomes strained. This strain causes the plantar fascia to become inflamed, weakened and irritated, causing pain and discomfort while walking or standing. This condition is usually worse in the morning just after waking or after sitting for a long period of time. Pain caused by plantar fasciitis is usually worst during the day. Nighttime pain may be a different condition altogether. Your podiatrist can help you determine the cause of your foot pain.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Many cases of plantar fasciitis are due to the shape of the foot. People with high arches or flat feet are more prone to plantar fasciitis. Additionally, those who are on their feet for long periods of time may be more at risk for plantar fasciitis than those who are not. Being overweight, wearing ill-fitting shoes and having other foot problems are also linked to plantar fasciitis development.
Treating Plantar Fasciitis in Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, Short Pump, West End, Midlothian
Your doctor uses a combination of a physical examination and, if necessary, imaging techniques such as x-rays to diagnose plantar fasciitis. He or she may also ask questions about your medical and family history and your normal daily activities. Some cases of plantar fasciitis resolve themselves with plenty of rest and at-home treatments like icing the foot or taking over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen. Your doctor may also suggest new shoes or special foot stretches. More severe cases may require treatments like steroid injections or prescription medications. Most cases of plantar fasciitis do not require surgery.
For more information regarding plantar fasciitis, please contact your podiatrist at Achilles Foot and Ankle Center in Richmond, VA. Call to schedule your foot examination today!