The foot has 107 ligaments, 26 bones, 33 joints, and countless muscles and tendons. This incredibly complex part of the human body makes up about a quarter of the bones in the entire body. Due to all of these moving parts, diagnosing heel pain can often be more tricky than one would think. Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain. With help from your Stamford, CT podiatrist Dr. Peter Siroka, you can manage your plantar fasciitis pain and get back on your feet for good.
Do I have plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament which runs underneath your foot from heel to toe, becomes inflamed. Plantar fasciitis has several tell-tale symptoms, including:
- heel pain which is worst in the morning with the first steps of the day or after sitting down for long periods of time
- heel pain which gets better after light activity
- heel pain which gets worse with heavy activity
- difficulty climbing stairs due to tendon stiffness
Who is at risk for plantar fasciitis?
Many things can cause this painful condition though some are more common than others. Individuals who are overweight, are on their feet most or all of the day, or who are female are more prone to develop plantar fasciitis than others. Avid and long distance runners and those who regularly engage in heavy physical activity are also susceptible to plantar fasciitis.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment in Stamford, CT
Treating plantar fasciitis varies from patient to patient and depends heavily on lifestyle, family and medical history, and activity level. Staying off of your feet and icing the sore foot several times daily can help reduce symptoms of plantar fasciitis and gives the body a chance to heal. Corticosteroid injections have proven to be very effective in treating plantar fasciitis. Prescription orthotics help distribute the body’s weight evenly onto the feet, helping reduce pain and inflammation.
For more information on plantar fasciitis treatments in the Stamford, CT area, please contact Dr. Peter Siroka. Call (203) 614-8185 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Siroka today!