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Do you wince at the first steps out of bed every morning from excruciating heel pain? You’re likely living with a very common condition called plantar fasciitis. There is a ligament in your foot, the plantar fascia, which connects your heel to your toes and supports your foot’s arch. When the plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed or suffers small tears, it can cause great pain in your heel – especially first thing in the morning.
Can I minimize the pain of plantar fasciitis?
Luckily, plantar fasciitis pain can be managed and minimized with some simple stretches that you can do even before you get out of bed. This is a great way to start your day! Try these stretches to ease the pain and start the day right:
- First things first, it’s always important to warm up before any exercise – even stretching. Wake your feet up by tracing the alphabet in the air with your toes.
- Next, try to point your toes and flex each of your ankles 10 times.
- Roll both ankles simultaneously in one direction, then the other. Repeat 10 times.
- Pretend that you’re trying to pick up a pen or small object with your foot by crunching your toes towards your sole. Hold for up to 15 seconds and release. Repeat 10 times with each foot.
- Finally, sit on the edge of your bed and place your heel on the floor. Use your hand to pull your big toe towards you. Hold that for 15 to 30 seconds, then release. Repeat this four times on each leg.
Having a nice cushy pair of slippers waiting for you when you first step out of bed can also be a huge help for comfort, as can wearing supportive footwear the rest of the day. If your plantar fasciitis continues to flare up, and ice, rest, and over the counter anti-inflammatory medication are not helping, it’s time to check in with a podiatrist.
If you are dealing with painful heels, it’s time to call us. Our team of foot doctors here at Connecticut Foot Care Centers is equipped with a wealth of knowledge and resources in caring for your heels or any foot or ankle issue. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff has unparalleled experience and can help you at any of our six conveniently located Connecticut offices. Request an appointment today!
Heel Spurs are a condition that’s hard to ignore due to the lingering pain they cause. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., have the required experience and successful treatments to help you with the condition. We can be reached at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. We also have a Patient Education section which you can use to learn more about this and many other foot complications.
Heel Spurs are small areas of calcifications that begin at the bottom of the heel. The severity of the heel pain it causes is at its worst when someone first gets out of their bed in the morning. This happens because the soft tissue eases during sleep and when pressure is suddenly applied to the heel after waking up in the morning, swelling starts right away. If left untreated, heel spurs can become very painful. It is therefore imperative that heel spurs are treated with care at their onset.
Preventative measures include getting plenty of rest by reducing high intensity activities so as to limit stress placed on the heels, using ice packs to reduce swelling, utilizing heel orthotics or other support devices that absorb shock or provide a soft padding for the heel, elevation for reducing inflammation, use of orthotics to redistribute pressures away from the heel when walking, wearing proper foot wear and undergoing physical therapy to assist with alleviating the pain caused by this condition and to assist with the recovery process.
Treatment options include losing weight or getting ultrasound services on the heel to reduce the pain caused by this condition. Stretching of the calves is particularly helpful with decreasing muscle stiffness in the heel. Surgery may however be required if the above methods of treatment do not improve within a year. More importantly, please contact our offices if you believe that your heels are experiencing pain so that we can diagnose the presence of heel spurs and provide you with the best treatment plan to reduce your heel pain now!