Video Blog: Plantar Fasciitis with Dr. Reed 3/22

Mar 8, 2022 | Vlogs

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Pain with Dr. Reed

Hi I’m Dr. Michael Reed, I’m a foot and ankle surgeon here at Rocky Mountain Foot and Ankle. I’m here to talk to you about Plantar Fasciitis and heel pain. The most common cause of heel pain in most people and about 10% of runners is called Plantar Fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue almost the same as a ligament that holds the arch of the foot up. It connects the heel to the toes. Now when we do a lot of activities such as standing, like if you’re a cashier at a store, or if you’re on concrete all day in poor shoes, I often see the development of heel pain. The most common cause of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis. 

Not all types of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis though. There are times where people develop a calcaneal fracture, your calcaneus is your heel bone and you can get a subtle fracture through there from chronic use or if you have osteoporotic bone. Another potential cause of heel pain is from a pinched nerve and that can really cause some burning, tingling, and numbing pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. Another reason you may have heel pain is from a neoplasm like a tumor. So it is very important that you come and see a foot and ankle specialist to evaluate and manage your heel pain. 

Now, the most common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis is sharp pain at the bottom of the heel. Typically patients will tell me it feels like a hot knife is digging into their heel. Another symptom often complained about associated with Plantar Fasciitis is having pain first thing in the morning. This is because the plantar fascia is being stretched for the first time of the day and it causes pain. 

Now if you don’t have a chance to see a foot and ankle specialist, there are some home remedies you can try. Massaging the foot and heel is beneficial. Sometimes people will freeze a water bottle and roll it and massage the foot to alleviate some of that pain. Oftentimes this is temporary but it may help throughout the day. Another thing to do is stretch and have a good pair of shoes. Stretching the calves is vital because it puts a lot of strain on the plantar fascia. Wearing a good pair of shoes is also important because it provides some support for the fascia and helps alleviate any of the tearing that may be happening. 

Plantar Fasciitis is very painful because the fascia is tearing. So if your pain is continuous, don’t wait months and months to see a foot and ankle specialist because it will continue to get worse. Thank you for watching our video, we hope to see you soon.

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