Plantar Fasciitis is a foot condition that can slow down anyone at any time. It occurs most often in athletes and people with an active lifestyle, but it can also develop in people less active. Plantar Fasciitis is difficult to resolve, sometimes taking weeks or months to fully heal.
How do you know if you have plantar fasciitis? Symptoms will always include some level of pain in the heel when walking, running or standing. However, pain will typically go away once you stop placing weight on the foot. Understanding what caused the condition is key to effective treatment and returning to an active lifestyle.
As stated previously, most cases of plantar fasciitis occur in athletes. Even professional athletes with trainers and state-of-the-art treatment facilities battle this condition from time to time. In fact, it’s rare for an NBA season to pass without at least one player missing games as a result of planter fasciitis. And when an NBA player is diagnosed, they often miss several weeks before returning to the court.
Early Treatment Makes the Difference
The difference between plantar fasciitis lasting for weeks or months is dependent on many things, but the biggest factor is when treatment begins. Did you follow a strict treatment regimen when symptoms first began, or did you push through the pain for a little while before seeking help? Unfortunately most patients we see have tried to fight it on their own and their recovery process is prolonged as a result.
One of the first steps you should take if you suspect plantar fasciitis is rest. Pushing through the pain will only cause symptoms to worsen. Another important first step is stretching. We recommend calf stretches to increase flexibility in overly tight muscles and reduce stress on the heel.
We often prescribe a splint to wear at night to help keep the foot in a stretched position. This will quickly help with symptoms. In addition, you need to make sure you’re wearing well-fitted shoes. We recommend taking a trip to a specialized shoe store to invest in supportive shoes or insoles.
If you have a history of plantar fasciitis and are well aware of the symptoms, you know how important it is to seek treatment right away. Remember to rest, ice the heel, and stretch the foot and calf muscles throughout the day. The majority of cases last a few weeks, but resistant cases can last beyond six months.
Don’t let plantar fasciitis keep you off of your feet for long. If you’re struggling to alleviate symptoms on your own, call us at 352-556-4823 to make an appointment today.
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