5 Solutions for Pain from Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis pain develops when the fibrous band that connects your toes to your heel becomes damaged or inflamed. About 50% of Americans suffer from foot and heel pain, and more often than not it can be attributed to plantar fasciitis.
Here are the top five treatment options for pain caused by plantar fasciitis:
1. Put ice on it. Because the pain is caused by inflammation of your ligament, applying ice is a perfect first line of defense to decrease the swelling. Rest is another important factor that promotes healing, so get off your feet, wrap an ice pack in a hand towel and apply it directly to the bottom of your foot.
2. Work out the pain. Physical therapy goes a long way in reducing your pain. Exercises and stretches that stabilize and strengthen the muscles in your ankle and foot help relieve your symptoms and can keep plantar fasciitis from returning.
3. Medicate it. When your pain is at its worst, you can reach for some quick relief in the form of over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil and Motrin, or Aleve, among others. When used in moderation, these medications can temporarily reduce the swelling associated with plantar fasciitis.
4. Splint it. One of the most effective treatments for your plantar fasciitis takes place in the middle of the night. Putting on a tension splint while you sleep has been clinically proven to get you through the worst of your pain and cure your condition after approximately 12 weeks.
5. Inject it. If you’ve tried these conservative approaches and still can’t seem to get pain relief, we may suggest corticosteroid injections.
In extreme cases, we may determine that surgery is necessary to treat your unique case of plantar fasciitis.
If you’ve been suffering from sharp pain in your heel and foot and are finally ready to get relief, it’s time to visit the office of Dr. William Buffone of North Fork Podiatry/Three Village Podiatry for treatment. To schedule an appointment, call us today us at (301) 762-3338 or book your appointment online.