How Plantar Fasciitis is Treated

One of many foot conditions often treated by Dr. Jade Gittens, DPM and other podiatrists in Somerset, NJ, plantar fasciitis is commonly seen in runners, people who are overweight, and those who wear shoes with inadequate support are at risk of plantar fasciitis.. While the condition itself isn't too serious at first, it can cause complications and great pain if it is not treated properly. Thankfully, treating plantar fasciitis is relatively simple. Here's what you need to do.

1. Rest

As soon as you feel those first pangs of pain in your foot, it is important to stop whatever you are doing and rest your foot immediately. With plantar fasciitis, walking it off will only make the problem worse.

2. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)

Once you are resting, you will want a way to take care of the pain. If your pain isn't too severe, you can likely treat it with an over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) such as Advil or Motrin. If the pain is quite severe, however, you may need to call your Dr. Gittens for a recommendation or prescription.

3. Stretches

One common treatment option many Somerset, NJ podiatrists will recommend is stretching. Stretches should be done several times a day, especially first thing in the morning when the pain is typically the worst. Common stretches to try include toe stretches and calf stretches.

4. Orthotics

If your plantar fasciitis continues to bother you even when you aren't exercising, a quality orthotic insert - combined with a quality pair of shoes that offer great support--is a fantastic option for keeping your feet and legs comfortable and pain-free all day long.

5. Physical Therapy

For plantar fasciitis that is severe, your Somerset, NJ podiatrist may recommend physical therapy. Physical therapists can help you complete stretches to ease the pain, teach you how to tape your foot and show you how to avoid additional problems in the future.

6. Surgery

Lastly, if your plantar fasciitis becomes a severe or persistent problem, your podiatrist may eventually recommend that you have surgery to fix the problem. Surgery is generally recommended as a last resort, but it is a good option to have for those individuals who need it.

If your foot is in pain and you think plantar fasciitis may be to blame, don't try to ignore it and hope it goes away. Instead, call Dr. Gittens, your trusted podiatrist in Somerset, NJ, for a diagnosis and personalized treatment options today.

Dr. Jade Gittens

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