We are back chatting about my facebook friend who wrote to me over the weekend complaining of right heel pain. She said that it came on very suddenly and that it did feel a little better after she walked on it for a few moments. Based on that information, we surmised that she might be suffering from plantar fasciitis. Her next question was – well what do I do now?
- My number one answer is to always check in with a podiatrist for an x-ray. Since my friend is a runner, it could be a stress fracture and only a thorough history, exam, and x-rays would be able to determine that for her. (At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we have digital radiographs that can show a stress fracture more quickly than traditional film x-rays and we can zoom in on the specific area of interest to show you any breaks or heel spurs right in the treatment room!)
- Since my friend lives over two hours away, I tried to emphasize the importance of stretching out the tight fascia before she gets out of bed in the morning (and when she has been resting for a while). A gentle stretch without putting the full force of our weight on our feet can do wonders in alleviating this tightness and hopefully negate those tears that occur when we abruptly stand without stretching.
- Finally, a treatment method that can help tremendously is to ice the inflamed area with a foot roller for at least 10 minutes each day.
At Heartland Foot and Ankle Associates, we call this ‘the basics’. Ice and stretch. With plantar fasciitis, if this doesn’t improve your symptoms within 48 hours, definitely make that appointment to have your foot examined. We are the heel pain experts in Bloomington Normal and have all the diagnostic and therapeutic services needed to get you (and my friend from Chicago!) back in the game in no time!