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When to Seek Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

When to Seek Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis

Though plantar fasciitis doesn’t need surgery in most cases, it’s better to find out for sure and avoid potential complications. There are some potential issues that could lead to more significant problems, so let’s go over some of those in this article.

Chronic Heel Pain

If plantar fasciitis is left untreated or ignored all together, you can develop chronic heel pain. Though it doesn’t sound like much, it can cause damage by changing the way you walk. You might not even notice it, but when this happens, you can cause injury to your legs, knees, hips, and back, resulting in much greater issues throughout your entire body. Your feet are your foundation; it’s important to keep them healthy.

Altered Mobility

This problem can affect some people more than others, but most often affects those who derive mental, physical, and spiritual happiness from activity. Being active is an important part of their lives, so a loss of mobility – even if it doesn’t seem like much to people who are less active – can affect overall health. For those who aren’t as active, it can hinder them from performing daily tasks, making their quality of life suffer.

Joint Pain

Because plantar fasciitis involves pain in the foot, it can cause people to alter their gait. This in turn can cause the joints to wear unevenly or become stiff, and muscle tension and soreness isn’t uncommon. These results can also affect a person’s quality of life and their ability to function.

Back Pain

Back pain is like an echo of joint pain when plantar fascia and heel pain make someone change their gait or the way they walk. This change in gait is to compensate for the pain or avoid it all together, and it can have effects all the way up to the neck because the bones are all connected and impacted by movement and activity.

When to See a Doctor

In most cases, plantar fasciitis is manageable with conservative treatments, often times even at home. However, in some cases, plantar fasciitis isn’t so easy to deal with and can greatly damage a person’s body and lifestyle.

Call your doctor:

If you experience fever alongside redness, swelling, warmth, or tingling in your heel.
If you experience continuing pain when no weight is put on your heel.
If you experience a heel injury resulting in pain when weight is put on the heel.
If pain persists for over a week after trying home treatments such as ice, rest, and over-the-counter pain medicine.

Here at Milwaukee Foot & Ankle Specialists, we know how detrimental foot problems can be in the long run, so we’re here to help! Give us a call at 414-439-2279 to learn what we can do for you.

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This information is not meant as medical advice. It is provided solely for education. Our practice would be pleased to discuss your unique circumstances and needs as they relate to these topics.

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