Podiatry

Dealing with foot and heel pain

The agony of the feet. That best sums up a condition known as plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.

Symptoms include stabbing pain near the heel. Pain might be worse in the morning.

Orthopedic and podiatry experts say you’re more likely to develop the condition if you’re female, overweight or have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces. You’re also at risk if you walk or run for exercise, especially if you have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles. People with flat feet or high arches also are more prone to plantar fasciitis.

The condition typically starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone, often referred to as a stone bruise. You’re more likely to feel it after but not during a workout. The pain classically occurs right after getting up in the morning and after a period of sitting.

If you don’t treat plantar fasciitis, it may become a chronic condition. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity, and you may develop symptoms of foot, knee, hip and back problems because plantar fasciitis can change the way you walk.

The orthopedic specialists and podiatrists at Signature Medical Group offer the latest in treatments, including physical therapy, shoe inserts, steroid injections, and when necessary, surgery.

Your comfort and well-being are important to us at Signature Medical Group. If you’re having trouble walking or you’re in constant pain, make an appointment today to see a Signature doctor.