Springtime is the time to get out and enjoy the outdoors, doing the activities you love to do. This includes walking or running around the city lakes, rollerblading, biking, etc. For some, it’s also the time to start shedding those extra pounds you’ve put on over the past winter and to get back in shape. But for those of you suffering with heel pain, there’s nothing worse than being sidelined and not being able to even walk comfortably, let alone run or do other activities.
Heel pain also known as plantar fasciitis is a very common condition caused by a pull, strain or tear of the plantar fascia, the tendon-like band of tissue that attaches to the bottom of your heel and helps support your arches. This can start out as mild discomfort or come on quickly and often will progress to a chronic, severely painful condition that can last for months or even years. Even getting out of bed in the morning can make you want to scream out in pain when you first step on your foot! Your whole body can start hurting from limping and taking the weight off of your painful heel. As a result, even trying to participate in outdoor activities may be out of the question, as it will often make your heel even more painful.
Many of those suffering from heel pain, aka plantar fasciitis, are often faced with the dilemma of how to get rid of it. You may have tried over-the-counter arch supports or heel cushions that helped some, but not enough. You may have been seen by your primary care physician or at urgent care and told to just rest, stretch, ice and take Ibuprofen or Aleve…with minimal results. You may even have seen a foot doctor that gave a cortisone injection to your heel and possibly fit you with a pair of “prescription” foot orthotics that may have been uncomfortable, bulky and didn’t help much to get rid of the pain.
If you have been suffering with chronic plantar fasciitis then we may be able to help you get back to doing the activities you enjoy doing…without pain! At the Westwood Foot Clinic in Golden Valley we are specialists in the treatment of heel pain – plantar fasciitis and have helped many who have given up hope of ever getting rid of their heel pain. By listening, carefully evaluating your problem and all prior treatment, and working with you, we can get you off the sidelines and back into the game-comfortably doing the activities you enjoy the most, not only this spring but all year round.
Click here or call (763) 231-2341 now for an appointment at the Westwood Foot Clinic…the first step in getting rid of your heel pain.