Caring for Your Feet

Don't Let This Painful Foot Condition Keep You From A Walk In The Park

You enjoy a walk in the park on those nice sunny days, but sudden foot pain can keep you out of the park and off of your feet. Plantar fasciitis can make doing anything on your feet difficult. Here is what to do if you're struck by this painful condition so you can get back outside to enjoy the weather.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot. It connects your heel to the base of your toes. Should this tissue become irritated, it can be so painful that you can't put any weight on your foot.

Common Symptoms

The symptoms often occur when you first get out of bed, but they can appear at any time.

  • a burning sensation on the bottom of your foot
  • intense pain when you press on the bottom of your heel or at the base of your toes
  • the foot may collapse underneath you if you try to put weight on it

Causes for This Foot Pain

Some of the reasons for the pain you can control while others will require the help of a foot doctor to resolve.

  • poor fitting shoes that rub against the bottom of your foot
  • inadequate warming up of the foot muscles before exercising
  • a bone spur, typically in the heal, that is irritating the plantar fascia
  • a foot injury that reduced the flexibility of the tissue

Treatment Options

A podiatrist will evaluate the extent to which the plantar fascia is irritated and recommend treated based on that. This could include:

  • using custom orthotics in your shoes that remove the pressure from the bottom of your foot
  • physical therapy to slowly lengthen the tissue and strengthen the muscles in your foot
  • steroid injections to reduce the pain and inflammation
  • surgical removal of the bone spur pushing into the tissue
  • surgical repair of the tissue if it was damaged during a foot injury

Preventing This Painful Condition

Reduce your risk of developing plantar fasciitis with the following proactive measures:

  • Make sure that any shoes hold your feet securely without allowing them to move and rub against the insole. Add a padded insole to the shoes to make them fit more snug, if necessary.
  • Do stretching exercises with your feet before exercising or going for a walk.
  • In cold weather, warm up your feet before exercising so the muscles will respond easier to the movement.

About Me

Caring for Your Feet

I am blessed to have an amazing mom. When I was a kid, she worked a job she hated in order to provide financially for me and my younger sister. Now that I’m an adult, she still worries about my desires more than she does her own needs. Sadly, my loving mom suffers from diabetes. She must take medication daily to control her illness. She also has to limit the amount of foods containing refined sugar that she eats. Like other diabetics, she also needs to monitor the condition of her feet on a regular basis. On this blog, I hope you will discover the reasons diabetics should visit a podiatrist. Enjoy!

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