Is your first step out of bed painful? Do your heels hurt after you've been sitting for a while? If so, the likely cause of your heel pain is a condition known as plantar fascitis. This condition is caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the strip of strong body tissue extending from the bottom of the heel bone to the ball of the foot. It's job is to hold the foot bones and joints in place. When it becomes stressed, the heels hurt during your first few steps in the morning, after any periods of rest, or long intervals of standing. Plantar fascitis can result in heel spurs, which are small pieces of bone that can grow on the bottom of your heel. The cause of plantar fascitis is not always known but common causes can be changes in activity or recent weight gain.
Some of the common treatments to relieve heel pain may include steroid injections, strapping, stretching exercises, and custom made orthotics. Your feet aren't supposed to hurt and there are ways to alleviate your discomfort. Please call the Foot & Ankle Centers, PC for an appointment.
P.S. Causes of heel pain other than plantar fascitis could include stress fractures, entrapped nerves, bruises, bursitis, arthritis, deterioration of the heel's fat pad, improper shoes, and weight gain.
What kinds of problems do you treat?
How do you treat sports-related injuries?
- Over-the-counter medications
- Physical therapy
- Alternative therapies
Here is some advice we recommend athlete’s take seriously if they want to stay in the game and off the bench:
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Fall is a great time of year in the state of Tennessee... Cooler temperatures, sunshine filled days, and beautiful changes in scenery. This allows a great opportunity for many to make their way to the Smoky mountains or other parks/trails for a day or weekend worth of hiking. However, one must carefully select their gear for such trips, and this certainly includes what to wear on your feet. Here are a few tips to ensure your hiking adventures are enjoyable and easy on your feet:
Hopefully these few simple tips will help make your hike enjoyable and easy on your feet. Stay safe and stay active!
October is National Down Syndrome Awareness Month! Please consider helping us support Jaylee Webb for the her buddy walk on October 25 in Centennial Park. Her mother, Kelsey, is one of our fabulous medical assistants. Thanks for your consideration!
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