We all experience foot pain every once in a while. It could be from standing on your feet all day, wearing uncomfortable shoes, or other health conditions like arthritis, diabetes, or lupus. But have you ever experienced excruciating pain in the arches of your feet during your first few steps in the morning? If you have, you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is the result of inflammation in your plantar fascia, a band of tissue that stretches across the bottom of your foot. It is typically the result of overuse, which is why it’s most common in runners and dancers, as well as people that are overweight. But it can affect anyone.
Foot pain in the morning is a telltale sign of plantar fasciitis. The reason you experience pain in the morning is because the tissues in the muscles of your feet tighten up while you sleep. As you walk around and stretch out the bottom of your foot, the pain will decrease. Other symptoms of plantar fasciitis include foot pain after standing for long periods of time, or foot pain after sitting for long periods of time.
Unfortunately, there is no permanent treatment for plantar fasciitis. But there are a few ways you can manage the pain associated with plantar fasciitis:
-Stretch your feet immediately after waking up
-Wear footwear with shock-absorbing soles
-Wear orthotics in your shoes
-Maintain a healthy weight
If the pain persists, physical therapy is a great way to help ease the foot pain. Through stretching exercises, physical therapy can decrease your foot pain and restore the foot’s ability to bear weight.
If you are experiencing foot pain and think it might be the result of plantar fasciitis, schedule your appointment today so you can get back on your feet!