Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist to treat your heel pain.
If you’ve suddenly developed heel pain, especially after running long distances or being on your feet all day, then you may have a condition known as plantar fasciitis. While this is a very common condition it’s also important not to ignore it or brush it off as something benign. Heel pain can become chronic if not properly cared for. Find out more about plantar fasciitis and how our Fenton and St. Louis, MO podiatrist Dr. Richard Wittock can help you.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
There are many factors that could increase your chances of developing plantar fasciitis. Some of these factors include,
- Wearing worn or improperly fitted shoes that do not provide cushioning and even support for your feet
- Being on your feet all day for work
- Having faulty foot mechanics such as flat feet or high arches
- Being an athlete or long-distance runner
How can you treat your heel pain?
It can take weeks or even months for plantar fasciitis to go away. It’s important to rest as much as possible and to avoid any exercises such as running that could exacerbate symptoms. Besides rest, there are a variety of self-care and lifestyle changes that you can implement to speed up the healing process. These include,
- Performing calf and foot stretches every day
- Wearing properly fitted shoes that provide arch support
- Taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen
How can a podiatrist help?
If you don’t notice any change in your symptoms after a week of home care then it’s time to turn to our Fenton and St. Louis, MO foot doctor to figure out better strategies for treating your heel pain. One way in which Dr. Wittock can help improve your symptoms is with custom orthotics.
These shoe inserts are custom-fitted to your feet and are designed to provide you with the specific support you need to address certain foot problems (e.g. flat feet) that could be causing your heel pain.
Physical therapy may also be a good option for getting symptoms under control and for preventing future foot problems. Your podiatrist can guide you through a variety of non-weight bearing stretches and exercises that can also improve range of motion. Other options for more persistent or severe forms of plantar fasciitis include shockwave therapy, steroid injections, splinting and surgery
If you are dealing with plantar fasciitis or heel pain in the St. Louis and Fenton, MO, areas then you’ve come to the right place. The medical team at Ankle and Foot Institute can help you manage any type of heel pain, no matter how serious. To schedule an evaluation call us at (636) 717-1100.