Facebook is a fantastic tool for a foot doctor! I am able to reconnect with old friends all the time AND am often asked many questions regarding foot and ankle issues. I am always happy to help and educate both my patients and friends on how to take care of those foot problems.
A friend messaged me yesterday about a sharp pain in her heel that came on very suddenly. This can be especially scary for those of us working on improving our fitness. Once we get into a great routine, it can be very hard to accept the fact that we may need to slow down or even stop for a short time to rest an injury. My friend was justifiably concerned due to the sudden nature of her pain.
After a little back and forth discussion, we determined that it was the bottom of her right heel and that it seemed to improve some after she walked on it for a bit. This is a CLASSIC sign of plantar fasciitis.
So WHY did this happen?
The reason that her foot hurts so much first thing in the morning (or after any time she has been resting for a while) is because her body has spent the last 8+ hours trying to repair all the stretches and tears that we naturally create when we walk. Think of the plantar fascia as a rubber band. If werepeatedly stretch the rubber band over and over, eventually it won’t be as elastic as before (especially if we don’t ‘rest’ the rubberband between stretches – or in our case, between runs, etc). It will tear, sometimes completely.
So what can we do to avoid this problem? When do we have to see a podiatrist for the pain? That, my friends, is the subject of my next blog post! Until then, if you have any questions or are concerned about YOUR early morning foot pain, please contact our office at 309-661-9975 or visit our website for ALL the details on what is plantar fasciitis and how we comprehensively treat heel pain at Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates. You can even find us on Facebook. We are always happy to answer questions!