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By Premier Podiatry
April 17, 2019
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain  

Your heel feels stiff and sore when you wake up in the morning. It improves when you point your toes and start your day, but your aerobics Heel-Painclass provokes the symptoms again. At Premier Podiatry in Marietta, Dr. Trevor Beach and Dr. I. Cristina Verlezza treat many patients with this uncomfortable foot condition. They can detect the source of your heel pain and help you overcome it.

It may be plantar fasciitis

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) says that plantar fasciitis is the most frequent cause of heel discomfort. in fact, about two million individuals undergo some type of medical treatment for it annually.

So, what is plantar fasciitis? It's an inflammatory condition affecting the connective tissue between the heel and the toes. While a gait problem called overpronation, or turning the foot inward, often irritates and inflames the fascia, other contributing factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Poorly constructed shoes with poor arch support
  • Age
  • Repetitive activities such as jumping, running, and tennis

Many patients also exhibit a calcification of the heel bone--a heel spur--which can add to the discomforts of plantar fasciitis.

How to feel better

Come to Premier Podiatry for a complete foot exam and digital imaging of your feet. Your Marietta podiatrist will ask you about your heel pain and will manually flex your foot to precipitate symptoms. He or she will compose a treatment plan to include many simple strategies to relieve the heel pain.

It may surprise you to know that surgery is indicated in only very severe cases. The AAOS reports that a full 90 percent of plantar fasciitis patients experience significant improvement in their heel pain when employing the recommended combination of these common sense strategies:

  1. Lose some weight
  2. Wear quality foot wear with good arch support
  3. Stretch your feet and calf muscles upon arising in the morning or after sitting for long periods of time, and stretch before a workout
  4. Wear night splints to keep your toes pointed and your plantar fascia stretched
  5. Use customized orthotics (shoe inserts) to correct gait problems
  6. Get physical therapy, anti-inflammatory injections and massage therapy as directed
  7. Use ice, rest and elevation to relieve symptoms

Find out more

Please don't suffer with persistent heel pain. You can do something about it by contacting Premier Podiatry in Marietta, GA. We are open Monday through Friday at our beautiful new location on Johnson Ferry Road. Call us at (770) 971-9820.

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Premier Podiatry
1200 Johnson Ferry RD
STE 150, Marietta GA 30068
(770) 971-9820