Trying to determine if you need to see a plantar fasciitis doctor?
PF is a seriously painful injury that occurs in and around the heel of your foot. It can make moving or even standing difficult, which means severe cases of it should be treated.
However, the signs on when it’s time to see a doctor aren’t always clear.
Here’s more on what PF is, as well as 5 signs that it’s time to get medical help.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of your fascia tissue on the foot. Fascia is a type of connective tissue that surrounds and your muscles, organs, and bones in place. When it becomes irritated or inflamed, it can be painful and even restrict certain movements.
Most commonly, you feel pain in and around your heel when dealing with plantar fasciitis.
Here are some signs that might mean it’s time to see a functional medicine doctor about your PF.
1. Stabbing Pain
Stabbing heel pain is an unfortunately common side effect of PF. Fascia is tightly bound to your muscle tissue. If it’s irritated or inflamed, you might feel some pretty severe pain when running, walking, or standing for periods of time.
Before you see a plantar fasciitis doctor, try to spend less time on your feet and let the injury heal. Sometimes the pain will go away on its own.
Limping is a protective mechanism our body uses to protect us from further injury and pain. If you’re limping from heel pain in and around your foot, that’s a sign you may need some medical attention.
If finding a doctor is taking some time, you may try using crutches or limiting walking for a while.
3. Swelling on Foot
Swelling around the ankle or foot is also a sign of severe PF. Again, swelling is a natural reaction your body takes to heal or protect against an injury.
In this case, swelling tissue means your body is trying to surround the area with fresh blood to help the injury heal. Your doctor can give you better advice on how to treat it, but the fact that swelling is there means you’re dealing with more than a mild case of PF.
4. Bone Spurs
There’s an unclear link between bone spurs and plantar fasciitis.
Current science shows that one likely does not cause the other. However, bone spurs can lead to limping and irritation of lower-body injuries such as PF.
If you’re dealing with plantar fasciitis and know you have bone spurs, it’s best to ask for professional medical advice on how to treat the injury. Left untreated, bone spurs could require surgery down the road.
5. Difficulty Exercising
If any combination of the above symptoms is making it hard for you to exercise—or even walk around—it’s probably time to see a doctor.
A good plantar fasciitis doctor won’t only review treatment options. They’ll also tell you which exercises and movements to avoid and which ones might exacerbate the injury.
Physical activity is a huge component of maintaining a healthy body weight. And gaining fat could simply make your lower-body injury more difficult to recover from.
Seeing a Plantar Fasciitis Doctor
It’s probably time to see a plantar fasciitis doctor if you’re dealing with any of the following symptoms: stabbing pain, swelling, or limping.
If you’ve got a history of bone spurs or can’t exercise, a doctor can also help create a treatment plan that works for you.
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