Living With Plantar Fasciitis

You’re greeted with searing pain when your feet hit the floor first thing in the morning. Fortunately, it usually subsides a bit after you hobble your way through your morning routine. But then, after sitting at your desk for a few hours at work, you get up to walk across the room and the pain returns, mainly in your heels. You have plantar fasciitis

And you’re in luck, because at Hoosier Foot & Ankle, we can treat your foot pain and get you back to walking, skipping, running, and jumping again. People throughout the greater Indianapolis area trust us to care for all their foot and ankle ailments because we offer unsurpassed personalized care. We have the most knowledgeable, compassionate health care professionals using the most advanced and effective technologies to serve you at seven convenient locations

If you have plantar fasciitis, Hoosier Foot & Ankle is the place to come for relief. Meanwhile, here are some strategies to help you reduce your pain and live with your plantar fasciitis.

Know what you are dealing with

Information is the best place to start when dealing with any medical condition, and the same goes for your plantar fasciitis. So here are the facts:

In addition to causing you extreme discomfort, plantar fasciitis has the potential to progress into other problems as well. For instance, if you change your gait (the way you walk) in order to avoid pain, you may end up with leg, hip, and back pain. That’s why it’s important to address your plantar fasciitis early. 

Ways to manage plantar fasciitis at home

It’s always best to start off with the most conservative approach first. If something simple is all it takes to reduce your pain and help you heal, then there’s no need to explore more complicated measures. Here are a few things to try.

Over-the-counter medication

Your plantar fasciitis pain comes from swollen, irritated tissues in your foot. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may ease your pain. You may know a few of the more common types: ibuprofen (Advil™ or Motrin™) or naproxen (Aleve™). 

Ice it

Another way to reduce inflammation is to apply ice to the area regularly. Keep a cold pack on your foot for about 20 minutes three or four times throughout the day.

Stretch it

Because plantar fasciitis often originates from tight muscles in your feet and calves, stretching those muscles regularly may help alleviate your problem. 

Wear good shoes

If you have plantar fasciitis, you need all the support you can get. Those fibrous bands in your feet are designed as shock absorbers, so if they’re compromised, you need to choose shoes with good arch support. Avoid high heels, and don’t walk around barefoot, especially on hard surfaces like wood floors and cement.

Lose weight

Being overweight or obese can be a health hazard for multiple reasons, and plantar fasciitis is one of them. Losing weight decreases the pressure and stress on your feet.

Opt for different exercises

While you’re healing from plantar fasciitis, it’s best to stay away from the activities that cause it or make it worse. You may need to switch from walking and running to swimming or biking for a while until your feet heal.

Medical treatments for plantar fasciitis

If and when your plantar fasciitis doesn’t respond to the conservative at-home strategies we’ve suggested, it’s time to take your treatment to the next level. Our team carefully examines your feet to rule out any other possible conditions and assesses your situation. At that point, we can get you started on a treatment plan best suited for you. That may include:

Clearly, there are many ways to address your plantar fasciitis pain, many of which are simple, inexpensive, and convenient. Our team is here to guide you through the steps to relieve your pain and heal your feet. If you’ve been suffering with every step, call us today or request an appointment online to get started on a treatment plan that will get you back to a pain-free life. 

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