No matter what I do, my feet don’t stop hurting! Is this you? Do you feel pain every time you take a step? There are a number of contributors for achy feet, but a common culprit is plantar fasciitis.
What is Plantar Fasciitis and How Do I Know I Have It?
Plantar fasciitis is swelling of the tissue that connects your heel bone all the way to your toes. The pain is spread throughout the bottom and can sometimes be felt on the top of your foot as well.
A top Scottsdale doctor, Dr. Mark Forman, DPM, M.B.A., FAPWCA at Put Your Feet First, says you can be relatively certain you have plantar fasciitis if you feel stabbing pain near your heel. Additionally, the pain tends to be more prominent in the mornings, but certainly can be felt all day long, especially with excessive standing or walking.
Runners tend to be more prone to plantar fasciitis due to excessive foot stomping. Other people who tend to develop plantar fasciitis are those who do not wear appropriate foot support or are overweight. Proper shoe support is imperative not just for athletes, but for all people as our feet bear the brunt of everything we do. They need to be protected properly to protect the entire foot.
The Perfect Foot Does Not Exist
There is no such thing as the perfect foot, as most people have a range of arches from flat feet to high arches. According to Dr. Forman, no matter where you fit on the scale, your foot receives pressure in different areas due to the arch or lack thereof. Therefore, our feet need protection to support all the areas of our feet.
What Can I Do About It?
Once you know you have plantar fasciitis, you are able to help yourself start healing. Our top notch team at Put Your Feet First as well as Podiatry Today offer some simple remedies you can begin to do at home, but most times, seeking a specialist in the field will help you speed up your recovery process. In fact, oftentimes when one gets plantar fasciitis, it often returns throughout the years. Dr. Forman and his team can help you prevent future occurrences of this dreadful condition. Home remedies Dr. Forman encourages you to begin doing include:
Icing and heating the bottom of your foot.
Massaging the heel and arch all the way to the toes.
Resting your foot.
Wearing supportive shoes.
Stretching your foot.
Again home remedies with plenty of rest take a while before healing. To help with pain relief and speed up the recovery, visit a podiatrist.
At Put Your Feet First, Dr. Mark Forman and his team can offer you additional support. We are fully equipped to help you feel better right here in our Scottsdale office! Some treatments we offer include: customized orthotics, MLS Laser treatments, Platelet-run plasma treatment, injections, and ultimately, if needed, surgery.
With our state of the art equipment, our team at Put Your Feet First is able to take a 3D scanned image of your feet to customize orthotics to provide you with the best possible support for your feet. Depending on how much you walk, run, or spend on your feet, orthotics can last for a good amount of time.
Platelet-rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is a new approach we are specialized to implement. Our specialist, Dr. Forman, draws your own blood and spins it carefully with specialized equipment to gather all the rich platelets. He then injects the troubled area with it, so it can decrease the inflammation and speed up the recovery process. This procedure is becoming more common than cortisone injections as it has been seen to work more effectively.
Multiwave Locked System (MLS) Laser Treatment
MLS Laser Therapy activates the cellular layer under the skin where pain occurs. The light rids your foot of the dead cells and tissue allowing for new healthy growth to occur. This turnover in the cells allows for recovery.
You may need a series of treatments; with each pain-free treatment lasting roughly eight minutes. Most patients feel results after a few treatments, but up to 10 sessions may be prescribed to ensure long-lasting healing. In fact, according to Podiatry Today, patients who have received MLS Laser treatment have had a significant pain improvement than those who have not. Unlike other procedures, laser technology does not cause swelling, and instead, provides quick pain-free results. To learn if this method is ideal for you, please contact us at Put Your Feet First to set up an appointment for you to discuss your options with Dr. Forman.
Dr. Mark Forman, and his team at Put Your Feet First, are here for you and all your needs, including methods to prevent injuries from occurring. If you are physically active, whether you participate in sports or simply walk daily, we can offer you treatments that can help you maintain your daily activities and both, recover from injury and/or prevent injuries in the future. Visit us online at Put Your Feet First or call us at 480.423.8400 to schedule an appointment with our leading Scottsdale doctor, Dr. Forman DPM, today.