Watch for Heel Pain After Coming Out of Hibernation

After a long winter, nothing beats going outside for a walk or run to enjoy the warm spring weather. However, sudden increased activity following several months of low or no activity can result in heel pain, also known as plantar fasciitis.

This painful condition results from inflammation of the tissue band (the plantar fascia) that extends from the heel to the toes. Repetitive activities, such as a new exercise routine or walking on a daily basis, can put stress and strain on the ligaments in the foot, leading to inflammation and pain.

The good news is heel pain can usually be relieved using conservative methods, but it must be treated early.

Heel pain can become chronic and debilitating if not cared for properly.

Our office can help you find relief with therapies, such as:

  • anti-inflammatory medications
  • stretching exercises
  • footwear modifications
  • custom orthotic devices
  • physical therapy
  • laser therapy
  • advanced stem cell therapy
  • activity limitations
  • see more conditions we treat

Although most patients with plantar fasciitis respond to nonsurgical treatment, some cases require surgery. If you continue to have heel pain with nonsurgical treatment, we can discuss your surgical options.

Heel pain should not stop you from taking in the beauty of spring. Make an appointment with our office if you are experiencing heel pain so we can help you resume a healthy and active lifestyle.

The information in this post is provided by the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons.