Don’t Play with Plantar Fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common injuries the doctors at New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group encounter when meeting with patients. While the condition affects athletes, other foot habits can increase the risk of developing this form of heel pain. We’re here to set the record straight on why you shouldn’t take your symptoms lightly or return to normal activity so soon.
The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue. It runs from the inside edge of our heels to our toes. The plantar fascia also plays a significant role because it provides arch support. When we put too much load on this thick band of tissue, we can develop a condition known as plantar fasciitis. If our calf muscles are tight, there is an increased risk. People with flat feet may also develop this condition.
Here are three ways we can help you treat the pain:
Choose custom orthotics
Custom orthotics are special devices made just for you and your foot needs. People with plantar fasciitis need to give their plantar fascia a bit more rest and provide extra support and cushion. A podiatrist will take a closer look at your feet and how you walk to create a one-of-a-kind device to help with your problem.
Aim for more arch support
If you have flat feet, we know how much arch support means to you. If you have plantar fasciitis, we are going to encourage you to avoid walking without shoes and skip out on wearing flip-flops. Find ways to give your feet more arch support. We’re here to help you find a solution.
Prescribe a pause
One of the best ways to help with recovery is to allow your body time to rest. Take it easy. Now is the time to put a pause on practices and games. If you have a day ahead that requires wearing uncomfortable shoes, reconsider your plans. If there is one thing that hinders recovery, it is jumping into the game too soon. Talk to your doctor and listen to your body.
If you have questions about whether you have this condition or how to treat the pain, we’re here to help.
At the New Jersey Podiatric Physicians & Surgeons Group, there are almost 30 foot and ankle surgeons, podiatrists, and doctors. With more than 30 locations, from Newark, NJ, to Cape May, NJ, we value convenience and excellent service for our patients. We offer compassionate, cutting-edge care across our network, and we specialize in treating the following conditions: ankle and sports injuries, heel pain and plantar fasciitis, bunions, hammertoes, corns and calluses, ingrown toenails, diabetic foot care complications, children’s foot problems, skin conditions of the feet, and fungal nails. Our group is among the best foot and ankle providers in
the country. To schedule an appointment, first find a podiatrist in your area.