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Dealing with persistent or recurring heel pain? It may be time to see a podiatrist.
If plantar fasciitis is keeping you from your favorite activities then it may be time to do something about it, and The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association can help. We provide patients living in the Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau and LaCrosse, WI areas with a wide range of podiatrists that can address their specific needs and problems.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. In the soles of the feet, there is a thick ligament that runs from the heel bone to the toes and provides support for the feet’s arches. If the ligament becomes overstretched or overused this can cause tiny tears in the tissue, which in turn causes inflammation.
What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?
The most common sign is a stabbing pain that originates in the heel under the heel bone. The pain may be accompanied by stiffness, which can radiate to the arches of the feet, as well. Symptoms may be worse first thing in the morning or after bouts of inactivity. As you start moving you may notice a decrease in the pain. This problem can happen to anyone but it most often occurs in runners.
When should I see a podiatrist?
If you believe that you might have plantar fasciitis but you aren’t sure it’s best to play it safe and schedule an appointment with a foot doctor who can diagnose and treat your condition. After all, getting the treatment you need sooner also means getting the quick relief you deserve. You should also see a doctor for your heel pain if,
- The pain remains even when you are at rest and aren’t putting weight on the foot
- Symptoms don’t get better after a week of rest and home care
- The pain is the result of a foot injury (e.g. bad fall; car accidents; sports incident)
A podiatrist will be able to provide you with the care and treatment you need to get back on your feet and ready to tackle those hills (or even just the flight of stairs in your apartment complex).
Don’t let heel pain dictate what you can and can’t do. The Wisconsin Podiatric Medical Association can provide you with podiatrists ready to serve you in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Madison, Wausau, and LaCrosse, WI. Call us at (608) 381-3530 or visit our website with the convenient "Find a Podiatrist" feature.
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.