Find out what might be causing your heel pain and when to seek medical attention.
Heel pain is an annoying issue, and one of the most common complaints we hear about. Most people will deal with heel pain at some point during their lifetime and for many people, the cause is plantar fasciitis. Our Royal Oak, Commerce Township and Livonia, MI, podiatrists Dr. Randy Bernstein, Dr. Randy Semma and Dr. Michele Bertelle-Semma are here to provide you with a little more insight into how plantar fasciitis happens and when you should see a doctor about your heel pain.
What is plantar fasciitis?
There is a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs along the soles of the feet from the heel to the toes. This tissue is known as the plantar fascia and it provides support to the arches of your feet. If you have plantar fasciitis, this means that there is inflammation and irritation.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
There are many reasons why you may be dealing with plantar fasciitis. This condition is more common in older individuals, as well as those who are athletic or have to be on their feet for long periods of time. You may notice pain in just one foot or you may have plantar fasciitis in both.
You may also be prone to plantar fasciitis if you suddenly increase the intensity or duration of your exercise regimen. Perhaps you have only been running a couple miles on the treadmill but you suddenly decide to run another extra mile outside on rocky terrain. This can lead to some pretty inflamed fascia.
If you wear shoes that don’t provide enough support or are too old, if you have flat feet or high arches, or if you are overweight, you may also be prone to plantar fasciitis.
When should I see my Royal Oak, Commerce Township, or Livonia, MI, podiatrists?
There is a lot of information on the Internet regarding ways to handle your plantar fasciitis, from avoiding high-impact exercises to icing the heel to wearing orthotics. Most cases of plantar fasciitis will go away on their own with the proper care. Of course, if you think you may have plantar fasciitis, it’s a good idea to give us a call. Any new symptoms or changes to your feet should always be assessed, just to be on the safe side.
If your heel pain is also accompanied by numbness or tingling in the heel, a fever, redness or skin around the heel that’s warm to the touch, then you should give us a call right away, as you may have an infection. If at-home treatment doesn’t ease your symptoms and heel pain doesn’t go away in a week, it’s also a good time to turn to us for more effective care.
Nationwide Foot & Ankle Care is dedicated to serving the Livonia, Royal Oak and Commerce Township, MI, areas to provide you with the comprehensive foot care you need. Whether you are dealing with diabetes or heel pain, we offer the treatment and care you need whenever you need it most.