Imagine this: it’s your first day off after a long week. You roll into bed, fall into a deep, restful slumber, and awake feeling refreshed! How relaxing, you think to yourself, as you go to put your feet to the floor and start your day but you’re met with nagging pain. That pain feels localized to your heel and though it’s annoying at first, it goes away after you walk around for a while. What if it gets worse over time? How about after standing all day, or being more physically active than usual? This isn’t normal. The tenderness in your heel can turn into full-blown pain as a condition called plantar fasciitis worsens.
Plantar fasciitis is a condition affecting the ligament that connects our heel bone to the rest of our foot and aids in providing an arch to our feet. When that ligament becomes irritated, damaged, worn down, partially or even fully torn, it’s called plantar fasciitis. As you can imagine – it can be very painful! Studies have shown that most people simply ignore this type of foot pain because they associate it with simply ‘waking up’ their stiff feet. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!
If you experience any of the following symptoms, it’s time to see a foot doctor:
- Pain or tenderness each morning that might subside over time.
- Discomfort when standing for long periods of time or when getting up from sitting.
- Pain or tenderness in the heel that worsens if you even slightly roll your ankle.
- Warmth and tenderness on or around the bottom of the heel.
- Swelling in the ankle accompanied by heel pain.
It’s hard enough to spot these symptoms in adults, but when it comes to teens or adolescents, the signs are often masked even more. A big give-away is prominent stiffness when waking up in the morning. If you or your child are experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s time to see a foot doctor like Dr. Jonathan Michael, Dr. Nadine Thabata, or Dr. Lisa Zhang. With five locations all over New Jersey, Tri County Foot & Ankle Center is the efficient, convenient choice. Find your location today and call to schedule an appointment!