Sharp, burning heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciitis. In this condition, the tissue band running across the bottom of your foot, the plantar fascia, develops many microscopic rips and then grows highly inflamed. The podiatry care team at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists in Aberdeen, New Jersey, has the noninvasive plantar fasciitis treatment solutions you need to be pain-free again. Book your appointment by phone or online now.
Pain — often described as a stabbing, burning sensation — is the No. 1 symptom of plantar fasciitis. While you sleep, your plantar fascia contracts, so when you take the first few steps out of bed, the sudden stretching often causes severe pain.
As your plantar fascia tissue warms up and stretches out over the course of the day, pain generally decreases. But, if you sit for extended periods and then stand again, the heel pain may return full force. Many plantar fasciitis sufferers say that pain isn’t as bad while exercising, but then becomes severe again afterward.
Repetitive pressure and strain on the plantar fascia is the main cause of plantar fasciitis. This strain can happen in several ways, but repetitive exercise like running long distances can be a leading cause. Many runners develop plantar fasciitis when they increase their training time significantly. Other athletes who use their feet extensively, like ballet dancers, can also be vulnerable to plantar fasciitis.
Excess weight can put a great deal of strain on your plantar fascia, so obesity is a common factor in plantar fasciitis. Wearing the wrong shoes can also contribute to plantar fasciitis. When you have unsupportive shoes without enough cushioning, it impairs your weight distribution and fatigues your plantar fascia.
Sometimes, there are several factors that contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. Regardless of what triggered your plantar fasciitis, your Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists podiatrist can help you recover.
Plantar fasciitis often responds well to noninvasive treatments like physical therapy, splints, or custom orthotics, such as Orthaheel® or Powerstep®. Your podiatrist might recommend anti-inflammatory pain-relievers for short-term relief, but stretching and reconditioning the plantar fascia is the best path to long-term relief. Surgery is rarely needed for plantar fasciitis.
Long term, a change to more supportive footwear, such as the Dr. Comfort® line of athletic shoes, dress shoes, and slippers, can help you avoid plantar fasciitis recurrence.
The podiatry experts at Central Jersey Ankle & Foot Care Specialists can help you beat plantar fasciitis pain, so book your appointment online or by phone today.