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That moment when you get out of bed in the morning and the pain on the bottom of your foot immediately makes you jump back in, is one of the most common complaints our podiatrists at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care treat. Now pain on the bottom of the foot can be a number of things but it is mostly heel pain; and of all the causes of heel pain that it could possibly be, plantar fasciitis is usually the culprit.

Plantar fasciitis is an extremely common complaint and it arises from numerous causes. One of the most common causes is the type of shoe gear. Normally, people with plantar fasciitis wear very flat shoes which provide no arch support. If there is no arch support, your plantar fascia (the structure in the foot that is actually causing your heel pain) is stretching and pulling on your heel bone. There are, however, many people who wear flat shoes but don’t get heel pain. Needless-to-say everyone’s foot type is different so if you are one of the many people who do get arch/heel pain by wearing flat shoes, there are a few things your local podiatrists are able to do to relieve the pain.

First, if the pain is severe and you want it to go away as soon as possible or while you’re in the office, the podiatrist can make a temporary arch fill out of padding and place it directly on your foot. Again, this is only temporary but it is useful to relieve the pain for a short period of time. Second, we can cast your foot for custom orthotics which are placed inside your shoes and they act as the insole of your shoe to give you better, more stable arch support. Lastly, and probably a last resort of conservative care, is steroid injections.

Heel pain can be very detrimental to patients but at the same time it is very treatable, especially if caught early. If after trying and failing with the insoles you bought at your local pharmacy, please call and make an appointment at Affiliated Foot and Ankle Care located in Monroe and Edison NJ. We are here to serve you and make sure you can get out of bed pain free!

By Varun Gujral

 

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