Plantar fasciitis symptoms
The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain and stiffness in the bottom of your heel. Other symptoms may include:
Pain in the arch and/or bottom of your foot
Pain that worsens when you stand after a period of rest
Pain when you first step out of bed
Plantar fasciitis diagnosis
A physical exam is often the first step in diagnosing plantar fasciitis. Your doctor looks carefully at the painful area of your foot for swelling or tightness and takes note of physical characteristics like flat feet or high arches.
Your doctor may also use X-rays to assess the bone structure of your foot and rule out another cause.
Plantar fasciitis treatment
Treatment for plantar fasciitis depends on the severity of your condition, age, general health and goals for recovery.
When plantar fasciitis is not well advanced, the RICE method may provide relief:
One of the most important aspects of treatment for plantar fasciitis is frequent stretching. This is to stretch the foot/Achilles tendon and the calf muscle.
Other treatments may include:
A cast or brace to hold the injured area in place and provide stability.
Anti-inflammatory medication—like ibuprofen or naproxen for pain relief and to reduce swelling of the foot.
Orthotics—custom-made shoe inserts
Exercise—to stretch and strengthen the muscle in your foot.
Night splints—to maintain correct ankle and toe positions while sleeping.
Physical therapy—help reduce heel pain when you first get out of bed.
Steroid shots—injected into the heel to help relieve pain.
The world-class team of specialists at The Christ Hospital Health Network offers the area’s most advanced diagnosis and treatment of foot issues. If you suffer from foot or heel pain, call today to get the help you need.