How your foot doctor in Naperville can help relieve your plantar fasciitis pain
Plantar fasciitis pain can put you on the couch, on the sidelines of your own life. Fortunately, there are effective ways to treat plantar fasciitis to eliminate pain and get you back on your feet. Dr. Nancy Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL wants to share the facts about plantar fasciitis and how she can help you and your feet.
So, what is plantar fasciitis? There is a large band of tissue, known as the plantar fascia, which runs across your heel. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, you have plantar fasciitis. This condition is common in runners and other athletes who cause stress to their feet. You are also at increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis if you:
- Carry extra weight
- Have flat feet
- Are middle-aged or a senior
- Roll your feet as you walk (overpronation)
- Walk or stand on hard surfaces for long periods of time
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis and want to treat it at home, you can try:
- Doing arch stretches every day
- Taking over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen
You should also make sure you wear supportive, comfortable shoes. Try to avoid going barefoot because it can make plantar fasciitis pain worse. You should also try to maintain a healthy weight to lessen foot strain, and switch to low impact activities like swimming that don’t stress your feet.
For persistent plantar fasciitis that doesn’t respond to home therapies, Dr. Jagodzinski may recommend:
- Physical therapy and stretching
- Custom-fit orthotics or night splints
- Steroid injections to reduce inflammation
If you experience pain in your heel and your foot that gets worse after you wake up, stand up, or try to walk or exercise, you may have plantar fasciitis. You don’t have to deal with plantar fasciitis on your own. Instead, pick up the phone and call Dr. Jagodzinski at Ankle & Foot Center of Fox Valley in Naperville, IL. Call today and get back on your feet!