Is your heel pain bad in the morning and then gets better after you walk around? This is the trademark symptom of plantar fasciitis. This condition occurs with damage to the plantar fascia, which runs along the arch, connecting the heel to other bones in the foot. The tissue becomes inflamed and thickens, which causes pain. When you’ve been resting for a long period of time, the tissue swells and gets tight. The pain you feel in the morning is the pressure of your foot stretching out that swollen area.
Rest is a big factor in your recovery. Avoid walking or standing for long periods of time and try icing the area for five to 10 minutes. We may recommend an anti-inflammatory medication to relieve immediate pain. You should stretch while you rest your heel, because this keeps your tissues warmed up, increases your flexibility, and heads off pain.
When you need more than just home treatment, call the Richardson Podiatry Center at (972) 690-5374. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on everything feet!
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