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What Is Plantar Fasciitis And How We Can Help

Your podiatrist in St. Louis, MO, can help your feet feel better

If you are experiencing heel pain that never goes away, you could have more than just heel pain. You could have plantar fasciitis! It’s a condition where the thick band of tissue that runs across your heel becomes inflamed. The pain can be severe, affecting your ability to stand and walk. It’s often caused by overpronating or rolling your feet when you walk.

The good news is, your podiatrist can help. Dr. Richard Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, offers comprehensive podiatry services, including treatment for plantar fasciitis pain.

There are several factors that can increase your risk of plantar fasciitis. It’s a common condition among runners, joggers, tennis players, and others who experience high foot stress. You are also at risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Are between 40 and 60 years old
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have flat feet
  • Walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time
  • Wear old, unsupportive shoes
     

So, how do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? There are some common signs and symptoms to pay attention to, including:

  • Stabbing pain in the heel of your foot and your arch
  • Increasing foot pain when you wake up and stand
  • Increasing foot pain after you exercise
  • Increasing foot pain when you rise from a seated position

For mild plantar fasciitis pain, there are a few simple therapies you can try, including:

  • Stretching your arches daily
  • Applying ice to your heel several times each day
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Switching to more supportive footwear

For moderate to severe plantar fasciitis pain, seeing your podiatrist is the best option. At Ankle and Foot Institute, your podiatrist may recommend:

  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises
  • Applying ice to your foot
  • Wearing custom-made orthotics
  • Prescription-strength medications
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

To find out more about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of plantar fasciitis, talk with an expert. Call Dr. Richard Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in St. Louis, MO, at (636) 717-1100. Call now, and help your feet!