Plantar Fasciitis: A PSA from Your Foot Doctor in Prescott AZ

"The plantar fascia is a ligament, connecting your heel bone to your toes. Identify when it’s inflamed."

When you take your first step in the morning or after sitting, do you experience foot pain? Does the pain disappear after multiple steps? You may have strained the ligament sustaining your arch — that is, the plantar fascia. Over time, repeated, tiny tears to this ligament can cause pain and swelling known as plantar fasciitis, one of the most prevalent issues plaguing the patients of podiatrists universally. Here’s our breakdown on symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment with Dr. Cox, your foot doctor in Prescott AZ.

Recognize the cause.

There are several ways you can aggravate the plantar fascia:

If not addressed accordingly, the pain will worsen over time, so consult your foot doctor in Prescott AZ today

By ignoring the symptoms described above, you may rupture the plantar fascia, which in turn, can cause you to wear a boot and walk on crutches for a few weeks, interrupting your active lifestyle.

What you can expect during your appointment with your foot doctor in Prescott AZ:

Your foot pain may have developed from a stress fracture. In that case, Dr. Cox will take an X-ray of your foot, discerning whether or not this is the issue.

How can I ease the pain in the meantime?

Unfortunately, there aren’t any exercises that will entirely cure plantar fasciitis. What’s more is that each person’s body reacts differently to treatment — some methods may work while others will not. That’s why it’s ever so crucial to work closely with your foot doctor in Prescott AZ to develop the best healing option for you.

For the time being, though, there are stretches you can implement to lessen the pain, according to Dr. Marlene Reid of the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA), an organization we highly respect:

How do I pick out the right shoes to help me avoid this problem in the future?

Picking out the right shoe for your feet’s special needs is crucial in avoiding future foot problems. For runners who are searching for new shoes, check out our recent post on locating the best running shoes for you.

Here are some tips on how to check if your shoe helps avoid plantar fasciitis:

Dr. Cox discusses further in this short video:

Book an appointment with us today to find out what shoe works best for you.

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