The plantar fascia is a ligament in the heel and sole of the foot. Foot pain that includes stiffness, burning, or tenderness can be plantar fasciitis. The condition can impact one or both feet. Contact our staff at New Albany Family Footcare if you believe that you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Evaluating the source of your discomfort is the first step to preserving your mobility.
Microtears in the plantar fascia often develop around the area where the ligament attaches to the heel. Sometimes, the worst pain is caused by tightness in the ligament. In the morning or after a period of inactivity, the ligament needs to be stretched out. Stiffness in the foot can be accompanied by swelling and tenderness. For some patients, the sharp, intense pain may be temporarily ameliorated with stretching and exercise. For others, plantar fasciitis manifests as a persistent burning sensation, tingling, or numbness along the sole of the feet.
Treatment options are best described by an experienced podiatrist who has evaluated your unique symptoms. Over the counter medications for inflammation and pain relief tend to help patients who suffer from mild cases of plantar fasciitis. Depending on the type and duration of pain you experience, a podiatrist can recommend stretching exercises. Arch supports, physical therapy, and special night splints are also common treatments. Injections and surgery provide relief for severe cases.
New Albany Family Footcare provides a thorough evaluation for patients suffering from any kind of foot pain. Describe your symptoms to our staff, and we will recommend an appropriate course of treatment. Left without treatment, conditions that cause foot pain can hamper mobility and decrease your overall quality of life. Take advantage of our medical services to protect your own physical wellbeing.