Plantar fasciitis is a common condition and can be very painful. It is an overuse syndrome but also wearing worn out shoes or wearing shoes that don’t fit your foot type can contribute to the pain. There are times when it can get better with stretching, limiting barefoot walking, icing and medications. Many times, the biomechanics will need to be evaluated to get into appropriate shoe gear or get orthotics. Plantar fasciitis can drag on for way to long without getting the treatment that is needed. There are some conditions that can be mistaken as plantar fasciitis such as stress fractures, nerve impingement or Achilles tendonitis. Get your heel pain checked out to get you back to your activities!
Plantar fibromas are soft tissue masses that develop in the plantar fascial band in the bottom of your foot. These bumps can be very painful and other times not at all. It is important to get them evaluated especially if they are consistently painful or if they are getting larger.
Achilles tendonitis is a common condition that we see, and the pain occurs at the back of the heel or high up in the Achilles tendon. It can commonly occur with increasing exercise too quickly. At times, bone spurs form on the back of the heel and can create painful pressures in shoe gear. Stretching and icing can be helpful in improving the pain. If the pain in the Achilles is higher up from the back of the heel, there can be a risk for Achilles tendon rupture. Partial tears in the tendon can be mistaken for generalized swelling and not realizing damage is occurring to the tendon. Activity modification or rest is frequently needed. If you hear or feel a pop in the back of the ankle, this should not be ignored. Get an evaluation to see if a rupture of the tendon occurred.