Plantar Fasciitis in Phillipsburg & Washington, NJ
Do you have heel pain that radiates from the bottom of the heel to the arches? Does it feel like you are stepping on a floor of knives when you first move around in the morning? If you said “yes,” your heel pain could be due to an overuse injury known as plantar fasciitis, which causes inflammation in the thick bundle of tissue that runs from the toes to the heels. Concerned about plantar fasciitis? Our Phillipsburg & Washington, NJ, podiatrists, can quickly diagnose and treat your condition.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
This condition affects a thick, fibrous band of tissue known as the plantar fascia. This tissue supports the arches of the feet and connects the toes with the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis can be acute or chronic. Acute forms often come about suddenly and can be triggered by an injury or intense workout. Chronic forms, on the other hand, often develop over time as a result of overuse.
The Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
There are several factors which can cause plantar fasciitis, including:
- If you overpronate, or roll your feet when you walk
- Being overweight or having flat feet
- Walking or standing on hard surfaces for long periods
- Running, jogging, or doing other activities which cause foot stress
What are the Telltale Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?
The most apparent sign of plantar fasciitis is pain at the bottom of the heel, which often extends to the arches of the foot. While the pain may be mild, you may notice more severe pain when walking around first thing in the morning. Symptoms may ease up throughout the day but get worse by the evening. Your foot pain may also be accompanied by stiffness.
When Should I See a Podiatrist?
If the pain doesn’t get better within a week, or if symptoms get worse, it’s a good idea to see one of our podiatrists as soon as possible for an evaluation. After all, just because plantar fasciitis often causes heel pain doesn’t mean it is the root cause.
I Have Plantar Fasciitis. What Do I Do Next?
Taking painkillers, applying ice, stretching your foot through the day and even wearing a brace to help support the arches and alleviate pain can help manage your symptoms. Our team may craft custom orthotics for your feet to provide additional support when standing or walking. If your condition doesn’t improve within 12 weeks with home care and lifestyle changes, you might be dealing with chronic plantar fasciitis. Our team can discuss other treatment options such as steroid injections or ultrasound therapy to target and treat chronic pain and inflammation.