Discounting a recent injury or fracture, if you suffer from frequent heel pain then it could be caused by a condition called plantar fasciitis. But just like with any other foot-related problem if you are seeking relief from plantar fasciitis you can turn to your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist for help. Learn more about the condition and what can be done to treat the symptoms by reaching out to Dr. Richard Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute in Fenton, MO.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is pain at the bottom of your heel and at the arch of your foot. You may or may not experience noticeable redness and swelling, and the discomfort can be mild when in the early stages.
The pain is most noticeable soon after waking in the morning, and after sitting for some time and then standing up again to walk. Walking does diminish the discomfort somewhat, as your foot stretches, but the pain usually returns.
The plantar fascia, from which the term plantar fasciitis is derived, stretches along the bottom of your foot. It serves as a sort of shock absorber but can become damaged and inflamed if your feet are under a lot of stress. This can happen if you work long shifts on your feet, if you are an athlete, whether professional or on a casual basis, or if you are overweight. The problems caused by this extra stress can be exacerbated if your feet have either arches that are too low or too high. If any of these possible causes apply to you, then you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis, but whatever the source it's important to see your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Fenton, MO
Your doctor will likely use imaging and physical exams to rule out any other cause for your heel pain. Treatment is often non-invasive, relying on custom-made orthotics to provide your foot the support it requires, or a night splint to keep your foot stretched overnight for pain relief, among other possible treatment options. Surgery may only be suggested for severe cases.
If you are experiencing symptoms of plantar fasciitis it's important to seek help from your St. Louis, MO, podiatrist. Schedule a consultation in Fenton, MO, with Dr. Wittock of Ankle and Foot Institute by dialing 636-717-1100.