If you feel as though you’re walking on pins and needles when you get out of bed in the morning, you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis. The team at NJ Spine and Wellness in Matawan, East Brunswick, Freehold, and Old Bridge, New Jersey, can determine if your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis and provide treatment to help you get relief. For an evaluation and to get better faster, call the office today or request an appointment online.
Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of your plantar fascia, which is the thick rubber-band like tissue on the bottom of your foot that connects your heel to your toes.
Your plantar fascia acts as a shock absorber every time you take a step. If you’re placing extra stress on the tissue, which may occur if you’re a long-distance runner, you may develop tears in the tissue that lead to inflammation and pain.
In addition to running, being overweight or flat-footed may also place extra strain on the tissue and increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
The most common symptom of plantar fasciitis is a stabbing pain in your heel when you first get out of bed in the morning. You may also experience this pain after sitting for a prolonged period of time.
With plantar fasciitis, you may also develop heel pain after you complete your exercise routine, but not during it.
The team at NJ Spine and Wellness conducts comprehensive examinations to determine if your heel pain is due to plantar fasciitis.
During your examination, your specialist closely examines your feet to identify specific areas of tenderness that may indicate the condition. They may also recommend diagnostic imaging, such as an X-ray, to rule out other causes of your heel pain.
Your provider at NJ Spine and Wellness creates an individualized treatment plan to help you get relief from your heel pain and support the healing of the tissue. For pain relief, they may recommend over-the-counter pain medication or anti-inflammatories.
To promote healing of your plantar fascia, NJ Spine and Wellness offers physical therapy. They create an exercise program that helps stretch the tissue and strengthens the supporting muscles to relieve the tension that created the tears.
The team may also recommend night splints to help stretch the tissue while you sleep, orthotics to support your heel during activity, or steroid injections. For severe cases, the team at NJ Spine and Wellness may recommend surgery.
For expert management of your plantar fasciitis, call NJ Spine and Wellness today or book an appointment online.