How to Remedy Plantar Fasciitis Pain and Prevent It from Coming Back

Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common reasons for heel pain, can cause excruciating pain. If you suspect you may have this common orthopedic problem, it may be time to make an appointment with one of our doctors at Space City Pain Specialists. Ignoring pain is one of the worst things you can do, as pain can often indicate a severe injury or condition. Let’s get into the signs and symptoms of plantar fasciitis, as well as what treatment options you can expect.

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the dense band of fibrous tissue (plantar fascia) that stretches across the bottom of your foot and joins your heel bone to your toes.   

Signs of plantar fasciitis

A common tell of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain that strikes when you take your first steps after getting out of bed in the morning. It may increase as you walk, or it may subside then return throughout the day, particularly after long periods of sitting or standing in the same position.

Risk factors for developing plantar fasciitis

You need to take this kind of severe heel pain seriously. This is particularly important if you’re age 40-60, run often, are overweight or obese, have a job where you’re often on your feet, or wear shoes with improper support. These factors place you at a high risk for developing plantar fasciitis.

How we treat plantar fasciitis

It’s important to see your doctor when you’re experiencing pain and severe symptoms. This is particularly true with plantar fasciitis: If left untreated, it can worsen over time and take longer to heal. At Space City Pain Specialists, we treat plantar fasciitis a couple of ways, including:

Medication

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and its stronger prescription counterparts, help target pain and inflammation from plantar fasciitis.

Injections

When your pain is acute and doesn’t respond to NSAIDs, you may benefit from a steroid injection, applied to the most painful point of your plantar fascia. A steroid injection provides pain relief for about a month and reduces inflammation on a longer-term basis.

Physical therapy

Physical therapy can help to strengthen and stretch your plantar fascia, as well as the rest of your leg muscles, for balance and support. Physical therapists also provide massages and other forms of advanced but less-invasive therapies.

Surgery

This is generally the last resort for treating plantar fasciitis. If the injury is persistent enough after more conservative treatments and the pain hasn’t subsided, then our doctors may recommend surgery. You usually go home the same day, and may need to wear a boot or a splint for a period of time.

How to prevent plantar fasciitis

The following are some tips to help you prevent plantar fasciitis in the future:

Stretch often and rest

This is particularly important if you’re an athlete, or if you engage in strenuous or regular physical activity. Stretching and resting prevent overuse and keep the plantar fascia from tightening and pulling.

Wear a brace or splint

This can be helpful for keeping your foot stable during everyday activity or workouts, and even for keeping your foot steady at night.

Ice your foot

Applying ice to both the top and bottom of your foot for 5-15 minutes up to three times a day can greatly remedy the pain and tightening of plantar fasciitis. It’s especially helpful after working out or engaging in heavy physical activity.

Wear proper footwear

This is likely something that you’ve overlooked. Shoes that fit properly and provide adequate support can make a huge difference in foot pain, and overall joint health. It might also be helpful not to walk around barefoot at home, for the best all-around support.

Start treating your plantar fasciitis today

At Space City Pain Specialists, our doctors are experienced in pain relief in general and foot pain in particular. Don’t ignore your plantar fasciitis pain and allow it to get worse. Call one of our convenient locations or schedule an appointment on our website today.

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