After a long Indiana winter, nothing is better than going somewhere warm for spring break vacation. It is very enticing to want to go for long strolls or runs along the beach after being cooped up inside our homes all winter. However, sudden increases in activity following several months of no activity, especially in our bare feet, can result in the most common cause of heel pain know as plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition caused by inflammation of the band of connective tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive activities like running or walking on a daily basis without working into the activity gradually can put stress and strain on the ligaments of the foot leading to inflammation and pain.
Fortunately, most heel pain can be relieved with conservative treatments, but it must be recognized and treated early. Left untreated, heel pain can become chronic and debilitating.
Our office can help you find relief with treatments including:
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Stretching exercises
- Custom orthotic devices
- Physical Therapy
- Appropriate shoe recommendations and modifications
- Activity limitations
Don’t let heel pain take the joy out of spring. If you are experiencing sharp, stabbing pain in your heel with your first steps out of bed in the mornings, please make and appointment with our office so that we can help maintain a healthy and active lifestyle.