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Reducing Pain in Your Heels

When the plantar fascia tissue that spans the sole of the feet— connecting the heel and toes—becomes overused, torn, and inflamed, this is known as plantar fasciitis. The telltale sign distinguishing plantar fasciitis from other sources of heel pain is that symptoms are worse when you take your first steps in the morning. Sometimes the pain will subside with activity, yet it usually returns later in the day. Good footwear may help to provide mild relief if the shoes offer support in the arch with a somewhat raised heel. Icing the bottom of the affected foot throughout the day may help somewhat, as well as over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication. If possible, avoid repetitive movements or activities that aggravate the condition which may give your heel some time to rest. Of course, if walking continues to cause you pain that does not respond to any of these measures, or the pain comes back after a respite, make an appointment with a chiropodist. They can use a variety of professional methods to properly and permanently heal the plantar fascia and relieve your pain.

Plantar fasciitis can be painful and interfere with your daily activities. If you are experiencing foot or heel pain and believe you may be afflicted with plantar fasciitis, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment. 

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as running or jumping, can injure the plantar fascia over time. Plantar fasciitis can also be caused by flat feet, high arches, pregnancy, and activities that put excessive pressure on your feet, like standing all day for work. When the plantar fascia becomes inflamed, it causes pain and discomfort. 


Typical symptoms of plantar fasciitis include:

  • Stabbing pain near the heel

  • Pain that is worst in the morning or after a period of rest

  • Pain that increases after exercising

  • Swelling

  • Tightness in the Achilles tendon


Plantar fasciitis is typically diagnosed via medical history and physical examination. 


Treatments for plantar fasciitis include resting and icing the affected foot, stretching the foot, taking medications to reduce inflammation, and wearing orthotics. In severe cases where pain does not improve with conservative treatments, injections or surgery may be recommended. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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