Common FAQs about Plantar Fasciitis

This FAQ blog aims to answer some of the most commonly asked questions about plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful foot condition that can impact daily activities. In this blog, we cover topics such as how to know if you have plantar fasciitis, what can aggravate the condition and the fastest ways to recover. We also discuss bad habits that may worsen the condition and ways to get instant relief. If you’re experiencing foot pain, seeking help from a qualified podiatrist is essential. Footprints Podiatry offers comprehensive foot care services, including diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis.

How do I know if I have plantar fasciitis?

Your podiatrist can tell you if you have plantar fasciitis by looking at your foot and asking a few questions. You probably won’t need special tests. Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain on the bottom and inside of the heel.

What is the fastest way to cure plantar fasciitis?

The best—and the fastest—way to recover is through manual physical therapy and low-impact exercises focusing on the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Regular physical therapy treatment will rebuild stability in your ankle and strengthen the tissue along the sole of your foot.

Your podiatrist may recommend a combination of the following: Changing to a more shock-absorbing exercise surface. Switching shoes with arch support or trying heel cups or other orthotics to cushion the heel. Applying athletic tape to your foot to support muscles and ligaments.

What can aggravate this painful condition?

Activities that can increase the force through your feet and aggravate plantar fasciitis include: running, walking or standing a lot in unsupportive shoes. Running, walking or standing on hard surfaces like concrete. Carrying a heavy object or gaining weight.

Is walking suitable?

Walking around after lying or sitting for a time may ease plantar fasciitis symptoms as the ligament stretches out. However, the pain will gradually worsen throughout the day, making you very uncomfortable and affecting normal daily activities.

What is the fastest way to cure it?

The best—and the fastest—way to recover is through manual physical therapy and low-impact exercises focusing on the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia. Regular physical therapy treatment will rebuild stability in your ankle and strengthen the tissue along the sole of your foot.

Bad Habits that may make your condition worse

  1. Ignoring your weight
  2. Not wearing supportive shoes
  3. Not stretching or using supports
  4. Sitting or standing for long periods
  5. Pushing through the pain

How to get some instant relief from plantar fasciitis?

Try slipping on an ice pack for instant pain relief for plantar fasciitis. Ice can reduce your pain and help you relax at home. There are also ice-pack slippers that mold to your feet! If you don’t have an ice pack, a bag of frozen peas can be used instead.

Can plantar fasciitis go away naturally?

Plantar fasciitis can go away on its own, but it can take more than a year for the pain to subside. Without treatment, complications can occur. Seeing your doctor or local podiatrist and starting non-surgical treatments immediately is better.

Should you massage plantar fasciitis?

Since plantar fasciitis is essentially a repetitive injury to the fibrous tissue on the underside of the foot, massage therapy is a helpful treatment for relieving that strain. In particular, deep tissue massage is the technique of choice for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis.

What are the main causes of plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is often caused by repetitive motion or anything that puts a lot of pressure on the arch of your foot. So, activities like running, jogging and walking, or long periods of being on your feet can often lead to plantar fasciitis.

The most common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include the following

  • More significant pain after (not during) exercise or activity
  • Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
  • Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning or after a long period of rest, such as after a long car trip

Is it better to stretch or rest?

If you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, stretching and strengthening the area that’s giving you trouble is one of the best ways to get relief. Loosening the plantar fascia can prevent it from tearing and strengthen the supporting muscle, helping reduce stress on the ligament and inflammation.

Let us take the guesswork out of your foot pain.

Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot condition that can cause significant discomfort and affect daily life. Understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatments is essential to manage the situation effectively. Whether you are experiencing foot pain for the first time or have been struggling with pain for a while, it is crucial to seek professional help from a qualified podiatrist. At Footprints Podiatry, our expert podiatrists are dedicated to providing comprehensive foot care services, including diagnosing and treating Plantar Fasciitis. Don’t let foot pain hold you back from enjoying life’s activities. Contact one of our team members today to schedule an appointment and start your journey towards better foot health.

 

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