Is Your Plantar Fasciitis Heel Pain Returning?

Foot pain can return with a vengeance in the spring time!  Despite wearing good shoes, it’s normal for heel pain to appear in the early spring thanks to a number of factors. During the cold winter months, we usually wear cozy boots and slippers more often than not, and while they are warm, they typically don’t support your foot the same way an orthopedic or athletic shoe would. Even orthotic wearers find it hard to find boots that will fit their custom orthotics and so they opt to go without them for a few months. This prolonged lack of support, combined with a sudden increase in activity in the warmer months can cause strain on the feet. So, if you are dealing with a return in heel pain or a new foot discomfort this spring, just know that you are not alone and that we can help!

Another reason for returning heel pain at this time of year is people’s tendency to become more active as the temperature rises. As novice and expert athletes transition from the treadmill to the pavement, the foot needs to change the way it strikes the ground to accommodate the new terrain and can result in a ligament/muscle tear or bone bruise. For some patients, the new terrain or transition from boots to shoes can cause a return in their heel pain.

The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, but keep in mind that 30% of people are misdiagnosed with “plantar fasciitis” when in fact they have ligament/tendon tears, nerve entrapment, bone bruises or stress fractures. For this reason, it is important that you be examined by a foot specialist.

HOW TO REDUCE RETURNING HEEL PAIN IN THE SPRING TIME

At BioPed, we know foot pain and have a variety of solutions for any condition. Following a thorough 45 minute examination, we will explain your ailment and guide your treatment. For heel pain due to plantar fasciitis, the pain is always at its worst first thing in the morning and usually responds really well to stretching and proper arch support. Arch support must be an around-the-clock treatment and not simply when you are active or at work. We recommend supportive shoes and custom orthotics but also, while at home, consider slippers that accommodate an orthotic like those made by Biotime or a supportive house sandal, such as a Birkenstock. If you have had a return in plantar fasciitis pain, your treatment will need to be a bit more aggressive and so we may offer a night splint, cortisone injection or special foot support sleeve, such as Orthosleeve. If you are already wearing orthotics, we will determine whether or not your orthotic needs to be adjusted or if it is doing its job well.

If you kicked your boots off this spring, only to find that your foot pain has returned, request an appointment with us today to put an end to your discomfort.