Are you dealing with heel pain? If so, plantar fasciitis may be to blame.
Heel pain happens to more people than you might imagine. Of course, we put our feet through so much abuse that it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that some issues may arise at some point. If you are currently dealing with heel pain, our Spokane Valley, WA, podiatrist Dr. Jacqueline Babol is here to help you determine whether or not it could be caused by plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
There is a thick mass of tissue that runs along the soles of your feet from the toes to the heel bone. This tissue is known as the plantar fascia and it also helps to support the arches of the foot. When you have plantar fasciitis this simply means that this specific ligament is inflamed.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptom is heel pain. This pain may even radiate into the arches of the foot. You’ll notice that the pain is worse first thing in the morning or immediately after exercise or high impact activity. Many people characterize this pain as sharp, throbbing or stabbing. While this condition most often occurs in one foot, it can still happen to both feet at the same time.
Who can develop plantar fasciitis?
While this can happen to anyone, athletes (particularly runners) are prone to developing this inflammatory foot condition. Of course, if you have high arches, if you overpronate, if you are overweight, if you are on your feet most of the day or if you don’t have shoes that provide enough support then you’re also more likely to develop plantar fasciitis at some point during your lifetime.
When should I see a doctor?
It’s always best to play it safe and visit our Spokane Valley, WA, foot doctor if you are noticing new foot pain. If your symptoms seem like that of plantar fasciitis then you’ll want to give us a call.
You should also visit us right away if you are dealing with heel pain that is so severe that you can’t walk, if your foot is also red or warm to the touch, if the pain is also accompanied by a fever or if you have numbness or tingling in the heel.
Don’t let heel pain impact your daily life. Don’t you want to get back on your feet again? If so, call Foot & Ankle Clinic in Spokane Valley, WA, and Hayden, Kellogg, and ID today to see how we can help you.a