Peyton Manning, legendary Broncos Denver’s quarterback suffered from a partially torn plantar fascia in his left foot last season. He was then relegated to the sidelines and had difficulty walking for weeks. This was not uncommon, since foot injuries is a common occurrence among athletes.
Plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain that usually occurs in the morning and will disappear after making few steps. This kind of injury is very common to runners and athletes who are involved in tough playing games. Consult a podiatrist for any type of foot injury. Dr. Bruce Miller and Dr. Gregory Mangum are Podiatrists who specialize in helping people with chronic foot pain and other types of foot conditions.
- There is an aching, or burning pain in the sole of your foot
- Foot pain that occurs as you step out of the bed early in the morning
- Pain that will decrease after you’ve been on your feel for a while
- Sudden heel pain
- Foot pain that lasted for more than few days
- Pain in just one foot
- Swelling, heat feeling, or redness in the heel area
- Plantar fasciitis is mistaken with other conditions that have the same symptoms such as arthritis or tarsal tunnel syndrome.
What are the risks in developing plantar fasciitis?
- Pronation. This is a condition when a plantar fascia doesn’t transfer weight evenly while walking.
- Overuse of the feet without proper rest
- Tightness, flat feet, or high arches at the back of the heel
- Standing or lifting heavy objects for a long period of time
- Ill-fitting or worn footwear
- Normal aging process
- Physical trauma to the foot
What are the treatments for plantar fasciitis?
A simple three step approach is all you need to experience immediate symptom relief:
Give your feet a rest - adjust your daily habits to spend some time off your feet and let it rest. Ice brings cooling relief - you have to apply an ice pack to your injured heel for twenty minutes every two hours. This will numb the pain and control inflammation. Use of orthotics devices such as splints, shoe inserts, and wraps will lessen the pressure on your heel.
How to prevent plantar fasciitis
- You need to maintain a healthy weight.
- You have to warm up before participating in any sports.
- You need to wear shoes that cushion the heel and support the arch.
The Texas Foot Specialists located in Sugar Land, Pasadena and Houston we specialize in helping people with plantar fasciitis and other chronic foot problems. To schedule an appointment call Sugar Land (281) 242-4448, Pasadena (281) 991-0600 and Houston (713) 664-6677.