You're an active person, a runner with a job that keeps you on your feet all day. Heel pain took you to Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic in Kalispell, MT. Dr. Esther Barnes has diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. A common biomechanical problem of the arch of the foot, plantar fasciitis can be managed so you feel comfortable and pursue the activities you love.
The plantar fascia
It's connective tissue stretching from your heel to your toes. It stretches and flattens with each step, and unfortunately, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed when:
- It's overused through repetitive activities, such as tennis, running or dancing.
- You stand on your feet for many hours a day for your job.
- You carry too much bodyweight
- You place your feet on the ground incorrectly (this is called a gait, or biomechanical, problem)
- Your shoes are poorly constructed or worn out.
- You have flat feet.
This inflammation is called plantar fasciitis. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons says about two million American adults suffer from some degree of plantar fasciitis, experiencing pain, swelling, and localized redness. Some of these individuals also have bone spurs on their heels.
Getting treatment for plantar fasciitis
In Kalispell, the podiatrist to see about plantar fasciitis is Dr. Barnes. She is an expert in foot and ankle biomechanics. She examines many adult and teen patients just like you who complain of the pain of this podiatric issue.
In fact, she offers the innovative F-scan right at Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic. This device measures shoe pressure and pinpoints biomechanical deficiencies. In other words, it shows your foot doctor how you place your foot and where the improper stressors exist.
With this information, Dr. Barnes puts together treatment plans to reduce inflammation and pain and to keep you moving. Your plan may include:
- New shoes with good arch supports
- Ibuprofen for pain and swelling
- Stretching exercises for the foot and calf
- Losing weight
- Shoe orthotics
Dr. Barnes can design and construct your customized shoe inserts, or orthotics, on-site. These functional devices slip right into your shoes and correct the imbalances which lead to plantar fasciitis.
Get the right treatment for your plantar fasciitis
Dr. Esther Barnes at Step Ahead Foot & Ankle Clinic in Kalispell can deliver it. So start your treatment today, keep moving and enjoy life. Phone us at (406) 755-2818, and we'll see you soon.