Your general practitioner will be the first doctor you see if you suspect you have plantar fasciitis. Your doctor will examine your foot and heel while taking into account the symptoms you’re having.
He’ll look for signs of plantar fasciitis, such as a high arch, increased tenderness around the heel bone, and worsened discomfort when flexing the plantar fascia in specific ways.
Plantar fasciitis can be relieved and healed with stretches and exercises that strengthen the leg and foot muscles. Foot flexes, calf rolls, curling a towel between the toes, and picking up marbles with the toes are among the exercises.
Resting the foot, icing it, compressing it with a bandage, and elevating it on cushions or a low stool can all help. Pain and swelling can be reduced with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Foot massage can also help relieve foot pain for some people.
It will take some time for you to recover. An individual may be able to walk normally without pain after a week or two of rest and home remedies. Plantar fasciitis usually heals fully within a year for the majority of people.
Keep in mind that seeing a specialist may require preauthorization from your insurance company. Begin by consulting with a reputable general practitioner. He or she will be able to give you a good referral and place you in good hands. If you ever feel rushed to make a decision, or if you think a certain course of treatment (surgery or steroids, for example) isn’t right for you because of the possible side effects and complications, note that you’re your own best advocate when it comes to your wellbeing. Make your own investigation and don’t be afraid to get a second opinion.
While most cases of plantar fasciitis can be handled effectively and easily at home without medical intervention, understanding your medical care options is essential and can be a crucial step toward recovery. To get back on your feet, carefully track your symptoms, try at-home remedies, and then seek medical attention if symptoms don’t change.
As you know, the plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of this tissue, which can cause a stabbing pain usually felt at the heel. Dr. Chen sees patients with plantar fasciitis at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Center for Sports Medicine in Walnut Creek, California. He is a board-certified Pediatrician and Sports Medicine Doctor that specializes in the non-operative medical treatment of a wide variety of various musculoskeletal conditions. Dr. Chen graduated from St. George’s University School of Medicine and went on to complete Pediatric residency training at the University of Medicine and Dentistry in New Jersey (Rutgers), then went on to fellowship training in Sports Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, one of the perennially top-ranked children’s hospitals in the nation. There he provided sideline coverage for NCAA Division I athletics at the University of Cincinnati and Miami University (OH). Being a part of The Center for Sports Medicine allows Dr. Chen quick access to a multidisciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons, podiatrists, physiatrists, and physical therapists to return you to your highest functional level quickly and safely. Click here to contact us for your next appointment!