Tips for Treating Your Plantar Fasciitis

Residents of Bloomington and the surrounding area will be meeting in the Chase Bank Drive Through parking lot Sept. 12. It’s not to break the Guinness World Record for most people making a deposit at the same time, but to start off the Bloomington 5K Breakaway run and walk! You’ll want your feet in prime shape if you want to get the most out of this event, and heel pain from plantar fasciitis just isn’t going to cut it. If you suffer from this condition, it’s best to be treating it and getting cleared for running before deciding to hit any pavement.

The best treatment for plantar fasciitis can depend on one’s specific case, but differing methods can help. If a tight calf muscle and/or Achilles tendon are causing stress to the plantar fascia, then stretching and strengthening all three of these areas can have positive benefits. Physical therapy can target the stretches that may be needed, and the use of a splint at night can hold the calf and Achilles tendon in a lengthened position. If heel pain is especially rough in the mornings, then a night splint can definitely be worth looking into.

The use of custom orthotics can help correct abnormal foot structures that are placing excessive stress on the plantar fascia, spreading pressure across the feet more evenly. We are experts in orthotics and would be more than happy to consult with you regarding this possibility.

In more severe cases of plantar fasciitis, steroid injections or surgery may be considered as options. These both have pros and cons, however, and more conservative treatment options will almost always be attempted first.

If heel pain is ruining your runs, don’t try and ignore it. Chronic problems such as these only tend to get worse over time! Call the office of Kevin Powers, DPM at (812) 333-4422 and schedule an appointment for an evaluation today.