Heel Pain In The Morning & How Dr. Joyce Can Help
If you are experiencing sharp, throbbing or aching heel pain in the morning you may be suffering from Plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of tissue that extends from the heel to the toes. The fascia first becomes irritated and then inflamed, resulting in heel pain. Heel pain can range from mild to severe and disabling but the good news is that it is preventable very treatable.
What is Plantar Fascia?
The plantar fascia supports the arch of your foot, making it possible for you to balance, no matter what you’re doing whether you are standing still, or engaging in physical activity. It elongates and contracts allowing your arch to move the way it needs to in order to support you and keep you balanced. So what should you do if your fascia becomes injured, irritated and inflamed?
Step One for Treatment
First would be to rest your feet, limit or, if possible, stop daily activities that are causing your heel pain and try to avoid running or walking until you can consult with our specialized podiatrist who is experienced in treating heel pain and plantar fasciitis.
Step Two for Treatment
Second, apply an ice bag or cold pack to your heel for twenty minutes, twice a day, this will numb soreness and help control inflammation.
Step Three for Treatment
Third, we suggest changing your current shoes to comfy shoes that have well-cushioned soles and have the right arch support for your foot. Our podiatrist Dr. Joyce highly recommends custom orthotics to her patients who suffer from heel and ankle pain. Custom orthotics, can alleviate plantar fasciitis, high arches, heel and ankle pain if not reversed altogether. Dr. Joyce will craft custom orthotics made just for you and no one else, this means they will fit your foot like perfectly. These orthotic shoes will match the contours of your feet precisely and are designed for the way your body moves to keep you moving more efficiently with ease and comfort.
Step Four for Treatment
Fourth, Dr. Joyce suggests simple exercises such as toe stretches and calf stretches several times a day, especially when you first get up in the morning. These can help your ligament become more flexible and strengthen the muscles that support your arch.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Edmonds
It’s most important to consult with our podiatrist who can evaluate your condition and provide the most effective treatment for you. Contact us today so we can help you restore strength in your heels and get you moving without pain again!