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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
February 01, 2017
Category: Heel Problems
Tags: plantar fasciitis   Orthotics   icing  

A common trap that we at Philip S. Pinsker, DPM notice patients fall into is not getting foot pain evaluated because they fear the treatment. And yet, most foot conditions that are causing pain will only get worse and require more intense and invasive measures if not treated early on. This is the case with plantar fasciitis.

A Big Pain in the Heel

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long ligament that stretches across the bottom
of your foot from your heel up to your toes. Too much repetitive stress or pressure on the plantar fascia can cause irritation and small tears the ligament. Signs of this condition include:

  • Stabbing pain in the bottom of your heel, especially with the first steps you take out of bed in the morning
  • Pain may come and go after exercise or after long periods of standing as well as when you first get up after sitting for a substantial amount of time
  • Stiffness in the bottom of the foot

Getting Relief

Our board certified podiatrist, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker, will examine your feet and ankles and also take a complete medical history and ask questions about your lifestyle and daily activities. X-rays or other imaging studies may also be ordered. If a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is confirmed, the foot doctor may recommend one or more of the following treatment options:

  • Icing and anti-inflammatory medications to help relieve pain and reduce inflammation
  • Physical therapy to stretch the plantar fascia and make it stronger
  • Custom orthotic inserts for your shoes to help shift weight off the affected area
  • Night splints that will keep the plantar fascia stretched while you sleep and help alleviate that early morning pain

When detected in its early stages, these treatments can be effective in helping patients get back to their regular activity level without pain. If the disorder is not diagnosed promptly, surgery may be the only option for restoring full foot function and relieving pain.

If you have heel pain, don’t delay. Contact our Washington office for an appointment today by calling: (724) 225-7410.

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