Tuesday, 23 April 2024 00:00

Telltale Signs You May Have Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a prevalent foot condition, can cause discomfort and hinder daily activities if left unaddressed. Recognizing its common symptoms is key to seeking appropriate treatment and finding relief. One hallmark symptom is heel pain, typically occurring with the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest. This pain may subside as the day progresses but can return after prolonged standing or walking. Additionally, individuals with plantar fasciitis often experience pain along the arch of the foot, which may feel sharp or stabbing in nature. Tightness and stiffness in the affected foot, particularly after periods of inactivity, are also common. Swelling and tenderness in the heel or arch area may accompany these symptoms. Some individuals may notice a decrease in their range of motion or difficulty flexing the foot upwards. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment to alleviate discomfort and prevent worsening of the condition.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Darren Day, DPM  from Hawaii. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices located in Honolulu and Kahuku, HI . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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