It’s hard to stay on your feet when every step you take is painful. As a podiatrist, Dr. Syamak Yamini offers the most effective solutions to make your feet happy again, such as physical therapies, assistive devices, and orthotics. If plantar fasciitis is causing foot trouble for you, book an appointment with Dr. Yamini at either Porter Ranch, Encino, or Los Angeles, California, to get back on your feet.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that causes inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of tissues that connect your heel bone to your toes. This condition causes stabbing heel pain, especially when you walk after waking up in the morning or sitting for awhile.
Certain populations seem to suffer the effects of plantar fasciitis more often than others:
In some cases, the cause of your symptoms is unclear. Other times, it’s possible to pinpoint the source of tension and stress that led to plantar fasciitis.
Usually, the plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber and supports the arch. When the plantar fascia is under substantial stress, it causes little tears in the tissue. As the pressure continues, those tears cause inflammation and contribute to foot pain.
When you start to feel the symptoms of plantar fasciitis approaching, you can take many proactive steps to help your foot heal and relieve the pain.
Rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain relievers are great first lines of self-treatment. Take a break from the activities that aggravate your foot pain and use ice and pain relievers to decrease inflammation.
You should also pay attention to the type of shoes you wear because high heels and flat shoes often perpetuate foot pain. Supportive, heel-less shoes are the most forgiving for your foot.
In the long run, you should strive to maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight puts extra pressure on the plantar fascia. Those “shock absorbers” aren’t meant to absorb extra pressure.
If your plantar fasciitis still causes discomfort after you try the above at-home regimen, it’s time to see your podiatrist. Dr. Yamini starts with conservative treatments and progresses from there. Here are some medical interventions for plantar fasciitis:
If your plantar fasciitis leaves you uncomfortable, contact Dr. Yamini over the phone or online.