The weather is getting nicer, the days are getting longer and you’re probably spending more time outside pursuing the activities you love. The increased amount of time spent on your feet and the repetitive impact from your chosen activities can cause some pain if you’re not careful. Heaven forbid if you should overdo the exercise regimen and end up sidelining yourself for the season.
One of the conditions that results from repetitive stress and long hours spent on your feet is called plantar fasciitis. It happens when the long ligament, which connects the heels to the toes, is overworked and gets irritated and inflamed. Pain can result and it can happen in one or both feet.
However, before you head out to begin rigorous training for the season, take a quick look at what you can do to prepare yourself.
- Make sure you have a reasonable and progressive conditioning plan. Start slow and work back into a routine gradually.
- Spend an adequate amount of time with warm up activities.
- See to your shoes and make sure they are fit, provide cushioning and arch support.
If you experience pain in your heel or arch area you should note when the pain is the worst. One of the symptoms of plantar fasciitis is pain felt with the first steps in the morning, which may abate somewhat during the day, then worsen again after a long day or strenuous activity. If you suspect plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Vargas. He will evaluate your condition by asking you about your history of injuries and then examine you for redness, swelling and flexibility in your arch and foot.
Early treatment for plantar fasciitis may include:
- Rest for a week
- A change in shoes
- Over-the-counter pain medication
- Heel stretching exercises
- Icing the affected area
If pain persists after these treatment attempts, Dr. Vargas may recommend custom made orthotics, boot cast to further rest the foot or possibly steroid injections. Usually pain will disappear with combined treatments, but sometimes surgery is required.
If you suspect plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Vargas for an appointment at (281) 313-0090 Sugarland, or (281) 342-8700 Richmond/Rosenberg. He can evaluate your pain, determine the exact structure that needs to be treated and develop a treatment plan for you.