Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain
Central Massachusetts Podiatry
Podiatrists located in Worcester, MA & Westborough, MA
Are you experiencing troublesome heel pain? Did you know that the most common cause of heel pain is a condition called plantar fasciitis? Drs. Feldman, Saviet and Pelto at Central Massachusetts Podiatry in Worcester, and Westborough, Massachusetts can help diagnose and treat your heel pain.
Heel Pain Q & A
What is plantar fasciitis?
If you are suffering from heel pain, chances are it’s associated with plantar fasciitis. This condition refers to the inflammation and swelling of a tough band of tissue located across the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia connects the heel bone to the base of the toes.
People with plantar fasciitis experience severe and stabbing pain as soon as they step out of bed in the morning. Pain may also be present when standing after long periods of sitting. Plantar fasciitis is incredibly common in runners. However, being overweight, female, and wearing shoes that lack adequate support also increases your risk of developing this condition.
What causes heel pain (plantar fasciitis)?
The most common cause of heel pain or plantar fasciitis is overuse. In rare cases, this condition may also develop after an injury. The typical purpose of the plantar fascia is to absorb shock and support the foot arch. However, when tension becomes excessive, the fascia suffers very small tears. Constant stretching and tearing lead to pain and inflammation of the fascia.
What are my treatment options for plantar fasciitis?
If heel pain persists for longer than two to three weeks despite at-home treatment, you need to see a doctor. Schedule an appointment immediately if heel pain prevents you from walking or putting weight on your foot, if the pain is very severe and arrive suddenly, or if your heel is red or swollen.
Your doctor will perform a review of your medical history, an interview to learn more about your symptoms, and a physical exam to assess heel pain. X-rays or other imaging tests may also be performed. Once your doctor determines the cause and severity of heel pain, he can work with you to develop a treatment plan. Treatment options may include plantar fascia stretching or physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, night splints (i.e. splints that stretch the calves and arches during sleep), and custom-made orthotics or shoe inserts.
If you are searching for help with your plantar fasciitis or heel pain in Worcester, MA for you or a loved one, you are in the right place at Central Massachusetts Podiatry. Ultimately you should feel comfortable with your treatment and your podiatrist. This book will guide you in some of the treatments that are available for plantar fasciitis.
Central Massachusetts Podiatry, Worcester, MA
Address: 299 Lincoln Street, Suite 202, Worcester, MA 01605
Central Massachusetts Podiatry, Westborough, MA
Address: 24 Lyman Street, Suite 180, Westborough, MA 01581