Heel Pain - Irvine Podiatrist / Foot and Ankle Surgeon
Heel Pain - Irvine, CA
Heel pain is commonly worse when first stepping down in the morning or after sitting. Irvine, CA.
If you don't treat plantar fasciitis in Irvine, CA, it may become a chronic condition. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity.
Most of the time conservative treatment resolves the problem for heel pain in Irvine, CA.
Heel Pain in Irvine, CA
If your first few steps out of bed in the morning cause severe pain in the heel of your foot, you may have plantar fasciitis (fashee-EYE-tiss), an overuse injury that affects the sole of the foot. A diagnosis of plantar fasciitis in Irvine, CA means you have inflamed the tough, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) connecting your heel bone to the base of your toes.
You're more likely to develop the condition if you're female, overweight, or have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces. You're also at risk if you walk or run for exercise, especially if you have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles. People with very flat feet or very high arches also are more prone to plantar fasciitis in Irvine, CA..
The condition typically starts gradually with mild pain at the heel bone often referred to as a stone bruise. You're more likely to feel it after (not during) exercise. The pain classically occurs right after getting up in the morning and after a period of sitting.
If you don't treat plantar fasciitis, it may become a chronic condition. You may not be able to keep up your level of activity, and you may develop symptoms of foot, knee, hip and back problems because plantar fasciitis can change the way you walk. Our Podiatrist in Irvine, CA can help with your arch pain / plantar fasciitis in Orange County at our Irvine, CA or Huntington Beach, CA offices.
Heel Pain Treatment in Irvine, CA
Stretching is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis in Irvine, CA. It may help to try to keep weight off your foot until the initial inflammation goes away. You can also apply ice to the sore area for 20 minutes three or four times a day to relieve your symptoms. Often a doctor will prescribe a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen. Home exercises to stretch your Achilles tendon and plantar fascia are the mainstay of treatment and reduce the chance of recurrence.
Our Irvine Podiatrist / Foot and Ankle Surgeon, Dr. Coyer, is an expert in both conservative and surgical treatments for your heel or arch pain. A comprehensive examination will be performed and you will develop the best treatment regimen together, which is tailored to your individual needs.
Please contact our office in Irvine or Huntington Beach in Orange County, CA to make an appointment with our foot and ankle surgeon / podiatrist (Dr. Coyer) to have your heel pain in Irvine, CA fully evaluated and treated.