Of all the many, many possible causes of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is the most common for adults. The classic symptom of plantar fasciitis is stabbing pain underneath the heel that is usually worst with the first few steps of the day. The pain may eventually recede, but get up from a lengthy rest and you’ll definitely start to feel it again!
Fortunately, the heel pain you experience from this frustrating condition can almost always be resolved conservatively, and at Sierra Foot & Ankle we have a number of options that can bring relief.
Sometimes, the very simplest techniques are the only ones you need. If pain is bothering you, try resting your feet for a few days, avoiding strenuous activities and applying a little ice every now and then to help with discomfort. You might also consider the possibility that your shoes are the problem, and a more practical pair with better cushioning in the heel cup might bring a lot of relief.
For more stubborn, chronic heel pain, though, we usually recommend somewhat more advanced medical treatments. This could include stretches, physical therapy, strapping, or splints that you wear at night to help keep your arch and calves in a lengthened position overnight.
In other cases, custom orthotics might be the best choice. We’ll take accurate measurements of your feet in order to create a personalized shoe insert to provide any extra cushioning or support your feet might need. We’re one of the best offices in the region for these, because unlike most podiatrists we actually own and operate our own orthotics laboratory on site.
When all other options have proven insufficient, we might recommend a surgery to release the tight connective tissues. However, this is only necessary in rare circumstances.
If you have heel pain from plantar fasciitis, it’s important to find a foot expert who can accurately diagnose the underlying cause and skillfully implement the best possible treatment plan. That’s where we come in! Let the Sierra Foot & Ankle team in Carson City heal your heel pain. To schedule an appointment, give us a call at (775) 783-8037.