Kick Heel Pain to the Curb: Let’s Talk Plantar Fasciitis
What does it mean if my heel hurts?
Great question. Did you know that 10% of people will suffer from plantar fasciitis at some point during their lifetime? In fact, plantar fasciitis accounts for nearly 80% of heel pain cases. If you’re suffering from heel pain, it is possible that it is plantar fasciitis.
A Few Facts About Plantar Fasciitis
- 1 in 10 people will suffer from plantar fasciitis sometime during their lifetime.
- Plantar fasciitis is most common in individuals between 40 and 60 years old.
- Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons for heel pain.
- Typical causes can include foot structure, physical activity, pregnancy, footwear, and obesity.
How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?
If you are struggling with heel pain and not sure what it could be, here are a few warning signs it could be plantar fasciitis.
1. Heel Swelling—Swelling, inflammation, and discomfort around your heel and discomfort are common signs plantar fasciitis.
2. Pain After Sleeping or Resting—Heel pain when stepping out of bed or after sitting for a while can be a sign of plantar fasciitis. This is a common symptom.
3. A Tight Achilles Tendon—Nearly 80% of people report a tight Achilles tendon as a symptom of plantar fasciitis.
What are ways to treat plantar fasciitis?
1. Take over-the-counter pain relievers. OTC pain relievers like ibuprofen can help with pain and inflammation.
2. Roll out the bottom of your foot. To help keep the plantar fascia loose, roll out along the bottom of your foot with a ball or frozen water bottle.
3. Shockwave (EPAT) therapy. EPAT is another option for patients suffering from chronic, painful cases of inflammatory pain, such as plantar fasciitis.
4. MLS laser therapy. The MLS laser is used to manage pain, reduce inflammation, and speed up recovery times after an injury or surgery.
5. Get fitted for custom orthotics. Custom orthotics provide more support to your foot and are effective for helping plantar fasciitis.
If you are experiencing any type of foot and ankle pain, please schedule an appointment with one of our friendly doctors in Portsmouth or Nashua to provide a custom diagnosis and treatment plan.