If you have heel pain that’s worse when you take your first steps in the morning, chances are you have plantar fasciitis. The board-certified podiatrists at Sensor Medica Clinic in Idaho Falls, Idaho, offer comprehensive care for plantar fasciitis, including conservative treatment, surgery when necessary, and specialized treatments such as custom orthotics and gait training to prevent future episodes of plantar fasciitis. To get relief for your heel pain, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.
A ligament called the plantar fascia runs from your heel, along the bottom of your foot, and attaches to your toes. The plantar fascia absorbs shock when your foot hits the ground and supports the arches. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the ligament becomes inflamed.
Plantar fasciitis begins when the ligament endures ongoing stress. The most common causes of ligament stress include:
As you keep putting stress on the plantar fascia, the ligament develops microtears that get progressively worse and cause inflammation.
Plantar fasciitis causes heel pain. Your heel may become swollen, and you could also experience pain in the foot’s arch.
The heel pain feels worse when you take your first steps after sleeping or resting. The ligament tightens when you rest, so the sudden pressure when you initially walk again causes the increase in pain. In most cases, your pain improves as you walk and stretch the ligament.
The first care options include rest and activity modification to give the ligament time to heal. Your podiatrist at Sensor Medica Clinic may temporarily immobilize your foot to eliminate all stress while you recover.
Depending on the severity of your inflammation, the team at Sensor Medica Clinic may recommend therapy to promote healing and diminish inflammation, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections, stem cell therapy, laser therapy, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy.
As your injury starts to heal, you will begin physical therapy to gently stretch and strengthen the soft tissues. As you rehabilitate your foot and restore function, your risk for future episodes of plantar fasciitis diminishes.
However, the team at Sensor Medica Clinic take prevention a step farther. They help you avoid the same problem using their advanced gait analysis system to evaluate your biomechanics and determine why you place so much stress on the ligament.
When they target the source of the stress, they correct the problem with treatment options such as gait training, balance or posture correction, custom-made orthotics, and specialized physical therapy, chiropractic, orthopedic care, and podiatric surgery.
If you have ongoing heel pain, call Sensor Medica Clinic or book an appointment online today.