Plantar Fasciitis: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Managing Heel Pain

Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that can occur from chronic lack of support for your feet, or from an acute injury. At Emerald Coast Podiatry in Crestview & Fort Walton Beach , FL  Dr. Cosimo Ricciardi and Dr. Neil Patel work with patients to identify the cause of their foot pain, and address problems that occur with plantar fasciitis. When the plantar fascia at the bottom of the foot becomes inflamed, it takes time and care to calm the inflammation down. With a solid treatment plan in place, a podiatrist can help you recover from plantar fasciitis.

Understanding Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is at the bottom of your feet, and connects from the heel bone to the base of your toes. When this becomes injured, the pain is often debilitating. This can occur after running too hard for an extended period of time, or even walking without the right foot support. Once the inflammation occurs, it takes time to calm the plantar fascia down and reduce pain. Certain types of stretches, physical therapy, ice, rest, orthotics, or night bracing can all help to ease the pain and stiffness associated with plantar fasciitis.

How to Manage Plantar Fasciitis at Home

It is important to listen to your medical provider about at home care for plantar fasciitis at home in Crestview & Fort Walton Beach , FL. Stretching the plantar fascia will help bring nutrient dense blood to your tissue and help it heal. You may be prescribed braces to wear at night that prevent your plantar fascia from tightening up while you sleep. Your doctor may suggest over-the-counter medication to ease pain. It will be beneficial to wear shoes at all times, as walking without shoes on will make the plantar fasciitis worse. If you are prescribed orthotics, make sure that you wear these in all pairs of shoes as you recover from plantar fasciitis. As you recover from the pain and stiffness, go easy on exercises that make symptoms worse. It can take months to recover from plantar fasciitis, and it often requires a multi-faceted approach.

Call for Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Today

If you have pain while walking, it's time to have your feet checked further to see if you have plantar fasciitis. Schedule an evaluation with Emerald Coast Podiatry in Crestview & Fort Walton Beach , FL by calling (850) 862-4119. Set up your first appointment with Dr. Ricciardi, and Dr. Patel get the treatment you need to manage the pain of plantar fasciitis.

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