If you experience heel pain in the mornings when you first get out of bed, odds are you’ve got plantar fasciitis. Dr. Adejoke Babalola, the Podiatrist of Perfect Footcare in New York City. has extensive experience treating this painful condition and recommends a few simple techniques to help you jump out of bed without pain in no time.
The plantar fascia is the band of tissue, or ligament, which runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. The tissue is stretched tightly from one end of the foot to the other to support the arch of the foot. When this ligament is irritated or strained, slight tears in the plantar fascia form and the tissue becomes inflamed, which is what causes the stabbing pain in the heels or the arch of the foot, especially in the morning when you first get out of bed.
While there’s no one cause for the condition, several factors put some people more at risk than others, including:
The first order of business is determining whether the problem is plantar fasciitis and Dr. Babalola performs several diagnostic tests to rule out other issues, such as arthritis or a stress fracture. Typically, Dr. Babalola:
Once the plantar fasciitis diagnosis is made, Dr. Babalola recommends several ways to treat the painful condition, such as:
It takes time for plantar fasciitis to resolve itself, so patience is key.
There are several ways to help prevent plantar fasciitis from occurring or returning:
Dr. Babalola discusses the preventive measures you should take that are best suited to your situation and lifestyle.
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