More than 3 million Americans per year wake up to the bracing pain of plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is thick band of tissue, which runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel to the toes. In a healthy foot, this tissue provides structural arch support and functions as the body’s shock absorber.
Fasciitis is an inflammation of the tissue, causing acute pain in the heel area. The condition is prevalent in athletes, the elderly, people who are overweight, and individuals who stand on their feet for long periods of time.
While exact causality is hard to pinpoint, increased tension and repetitive activities without appropriate foot support, result in irritation and stress on the fascia.
Because it is the most common cause of heel pain, plantar fasciitis is often self-diagnosed and self-treated. But, is it really the best idea to handle plantar fasciitis on your own?
Sherman Nagler, DPM, FACFAS, Houston’s Foot Doctor, says, “No.”
“Your feet deserve better than Google Med. We recommend scheduling an appointment with a real podiatrist who can validate your armchair diagnostician’s findings and rule out any other, contributory problems during the exam.”
Dr. Nagler, and his team of experts at Nagler Foot Center will likely recommend a combination of natural remedies and stretches to sooth irritation and address the damage to the fascia. Physical therapies and orthotic shoe inserts are inexpensive and typically effective treatments that usually cure plantar fasciitis pain.
Contact Nagler Foot Center at 713-893-5620 or visit www.foothouston.com today to schedule an appointment for an examination with podiatrist and foot surgeon, Dr. Sherman Nagler. Do not spend another morning waking up to stabbing heel pain from untreated plantar fasciitis.