Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

If your heel pain isn’t going away, it might not just be heel pain. You could have a painful condition known as plantar fasciitis, and our podiatrist can help. Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic in Denver, CO, provide a wide range of podiatry services, including treatment for plantar fasciitis.

What You Need To Know About Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the plantar fascia, which is the thick band of tissue across your heel, becomes inflamed. There are several causes of plantar fasciitis including:

  • Overpronating, or rolling your feet when you walk
  • Standing or walking on hard surfaces for long periods
  • Jogging, running, or other activities with a high level of foot stress

You are at greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you:

  • Are between 40 and 60 years old
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Have flat feet
  • Wear old, unsupportive shoes

Plantar fasciitis isn’t just ordinary heel pain. When you have plantar fasciitis, you may experience other symptoms too, including:

  • Stabbing pain in the heel of your foot and your arch
  • Increasing foot pain when you wake up and stand
  • Increasing foot pain after you exercise
  • Increasing foot pain when you rise from a seated position

For mild, occasional plantar fasciitis pain, you can try a few simple remedies at home, including:

  • Doing daily arch stretches
  • Applying ice to your heel several times daily
  • Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory and pain medication
  • Changing to more supportive footwear

Moderate to severe, continuous heel pain should be treated by your podiatrist, who may recommend:

  • Custom-fit orthotics, to cushion and support your feet
  • Physical therapy and stretching exercises to increase flexibility
  • Prescription-strength medications to reduce swelling and pain
  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)

Want To Know More?

To find out more about plantar fasciitis signs, symptoms, and treatment, call Dr. Florin Costache and Dr. Lorry Melnick at Cherry Creek Foot & Ankle Clinic in Denver, CO. You can reach them in the office by calling (303) 355-1695. Call today.

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