Do you have shooting pain along the bottom of your foot or in your heel when you take your first steps in the morning? The odds are that you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, which is a fairly common and treatable condition. At Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, Brian O'Neill, DPM, understands all too well the pain that this condition can cause and works with his patients in Pomona, California, to give them back the freedom to jump out of bed in the morning. To learn more about relieving your plantar fasciitis, call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
Your feet are your foundations and at the very base of this support is your plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot from your toes to your heel. This ligament is strung very tautly and is designed to withstand a considerable amount of pressure, giving your arches the support they need, whether you’re standing or jumping.
In this critical role, your plantar fascia can develop tiny tears that lead to inflammation. It’s this inflammation that causes the pain you feel when you walk after a period of inactivity.
The most noticeable sign of plantar fasciitis is the sharp pain in your heels or along the bottom of your feet after they’ve been at rest for any length of time, which is why mornings are especially problematic. The pain typically subsides as the ligament stretches out over a few steps.
Since plantar fasciitis is caused by tiny tears in your plantar fascia, it’s more useful to discuss how these tears develop. There are a number of factors that contribute to this, including:
Whatever the cause, the bottom line is that the condition can get worse if you don’t seek the help of a podiatrist such as Dr. O’Neill.
When you see Dr. O’Neill, the first order of business is to confirm a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. After he reviews your symptoms, he takes a look at your feet to rule out other problems, such as heel spurs or other sources of heel pain.
If plantar fasciitis is the likely culprit, Dr. O’Neill typically recommends a treatment plan that includes one or more of the following:
In addition to these treatments, Dr. O’Neill may recommend some lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, temporarily curbing certain activities, and stretching your feet daily.
If you want relief from plantar fasciitis and heel pain, call Pomona Valley Podiatry Group, or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.