Signs That You May Have Plantar Fasciitis

Is heel pain affecting your feet in Burlington, VT? If so, you may be wondering what’s going on and whether it’s something you can treat on your own. Our podiatrist Dr. Michael Guerra sees a lot of patients suffering from heel pain associated with plantar fasciitis. Not sure whether you are dealing with plantar fasciitis? Here’s how to tell,

While there are many conditions that can cause heel pain the most common cause is plantar fasciitis, a condition that leads to irritation or inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia runs lengthwise along the soles of the feet and provides the arches with support. Therefore, you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis if you experience heel pain and stiffness at the bottom of the heel that may radiate to the arches of the feet. There may even be swelling around the heel.

Heel pain will usually be worse in the morning when first getting up. This is because the relaxed and constricted fascia stretches out when you move; therefore, those first few steps may result in a stabbing and severe pain that usually eases up as you continue to move around. Exercising, climbing stairs and other physical activities can also exacerbate your pain.

Don’t Ignore Heel Pain

It may be tempting to just go about your day or even continue working out despite the pain but this is a bad idea. Foot pain, particularly any new or persistent pain, should be evaluated by our Burlington, VT, foot doctor as soon as possible. After all, there are many issues that could cause heel pain and you might not have plantar fasciitis.

Luckily, plantar fasciitis can often be treated with simple conservative care such as resting, icing, stretching and wearing appropriate footwear that supports the arches of the feet. A podiatrist may prescribe custom orthotics if you are prone to heel pain. Those with chronic heel pain may require more aggressive treatment such as shockwave therapy, steroid injections and even surgery (in very rare cases).

If you are dealing with heel pain for the first time it’s important that you have a foot specialist in Burlington, VT, that you can turn to for an evaluation. Burlington Podiatry is here to provide you with the care you need. Call our office today.