Find out when you should turn to a podiatrist to treat your heel pain.
While anyone can develop heel pain did you know that women are actually more likely to experience this issue than men? Often times this is due to the footwear choices. Of course, no matter if you are a man or a woman, child or adult, if you are experiencing heel pain then our podiatrists at The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association serving Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI are here to help you figure out what’s going on and how to best treat it.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the soles of the feet, connecting the heel bone with your toes. There are many factors that can affect the health of this tissue, resulting in inflammation or microtears. One common cause is wearing shoes that do not provide the feet with enough support, particularly around the arches. Those who are overweight or obese are also at a risk for developing plantar fasciitis because of the additional weight and pressure being placed on the feet.
Plantar fasciitis is also common in athletes, particularly runners, dancers and those involved in high-impact sports. It is very important that athletes wear the appropriate footwear for their chosen sport.
How can I treat this problem?
For some people, this inflammatory condition is acute, which means that it will go away with the proper care and rest. There are at home steps that your podiatrist may recommend to tackle the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. Common at-home measures you can take to treat plantar fasciitis include:
- Taking an over-the-counter painkiller
- Avoiding high-impact activities
- Elevating and resting the foot
- Bracing or splinting the foot to support the arches
- Wearing supportive footwear
- Using custom orthotics (shoe inserts)
- Performing stretching and strengthening exercises
If your condition is more extreme, or if your symptoms don’t respond to at-home care, then our foot doctor may recommend physical therapy, corticosteroid injections (for severe or unresponsive pain and inflammation), shockwave therapy or surgery (only in rare cases).
Are you dealing with heel pain in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau or LaCrosse, WI? If you are having trouble getting your symptoms under control then it’s time to call in the experts at Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association. Call us today at (608) 381-3530 to find a podiatrist in your area.