Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Gainesville, Florida
Understanding Plantar Fasciitis
Have you experienced sharp pain in your foot first thing in the morning or after long periods of sitting? If so, you may have plantar fasciitis which is a condition that causes irritation of the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis typically affects those who run or walk extensively, are overweight, are over 40 years old or have a job that requires standing.
Treating the Problem
If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can negatively impact the way you walk and lead to knee, hip or back problems. At Jere A. Scola, we have successfully treated countless cases of this condition and helped patients get back on their feet. When you come to us, we’ll inquire about your symptoms and carefully examine your feet. When necessary, a podiatrist may use X-rays, ultrasounds or magnetic resonance imaging to more accurately diagnose your condition.
Your Part in the Healing Process
Once we determine that you have plantar fasciitis, you have a crucial part in your own healing. Rest is essential to overcoming this condition. You are responsible for refraining from the activities that put stress on your feet. This does not mean that you need to be stationary until you’re healed; simply switch to low-impact activities. Rather than running for your morning workout, take an aerobics class. Make sure to stretch beforehand and wear the proper footwear when you do have to walk.
You can also apply ice to your foot a few times per day to reduce pain. This is most effective when coupled with anti-inflammatory drugs such as Ibuprofen.
Feel Better. Stay Better.
When you start feeling better, make sure you stay feeling better. This is done by maintaining a healthy weight, stretching before working out and wearing supportive footwear. Speak to our office about obtaining shoe supports to put an extra cushion in your step.
Alleviate Your Heel Pain
If you are currently suffering from the pain of plantar fasciitis, you don’t have to endure the pain any longer. Call Jere A. Scola today to get fast relief for your symptoms.