According to the Illinois Podiatric Medical Association, nearly 20 percent of all Americans have at least one major foot problem each year. Symptoms of foot problems include pain, discomfort, deformity and problems walking or standing for extended periods of time. One common condition that podiatrists treat that may include all of these symptoms is called plantar fasciitis—it causes intense heel pain. Learn more about plantar fasciitis and how it can be treated at the Foot & Ankle Institute Of Nevada in Sparks, NV.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis, sometimes called “heel spur syndrome,” is a foot problem that causes pain along the bottom of the foot and leading up to the heel. The plantar fascia tissue connects the toes to the heel bone and can become irritated, stretched and inflamed. Patients who have flat feet are most likely to suffer from plantar fasciitis because they don't have a healthy arch. Lack of an arch puts a strain on the ligaments of the feet.
Treating this Foot Condition
Your Sparks podiatrist can treat your plantar fasciitis in a few different ways. The best treatment depends on the severity of the condition:
- anti-inflammatory medication
- ice therapy
- foot exercises and regular physical therapy
- orthotics to support and promote arches in the feet
- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
Foot Care Tips
There are ways that you can stop foot conditions like plantar fasciitis from developing in the first place. Here are a few important tips:
- Avoid wearing cheap and flimsy shoes, like flip flops—especially when walking long distances.
- If you're an athlete or work at a job that requires you to be on your feet a lot, wear orthopedic shoes or ask your podiatrist about custom orthotics.
- Be more aware of the way that you're walking. Ensure that your feet are pointed straight forward and hitting the ground at the proper place (heel first then rolling forward onto the ball of the foot).
Help for Plantar Fasciitis Patients
A podiatrist at The Foot & Ankle Institute Of Nevada in Sparks, NV can help you get relief from plantar fasciitis. Call the office today at (775) 331-1919.