The challenges of staying home for weeks and months on end have taken their toll on people everywhere. Even our feet are feeling the pain. Heel pain, to be specific.

Heel pain is on the rise

Since the coronavirus pandemic forced us all inside, we’ve never spent so many hours without shoes on. You may think walking around the house barefoot is no big deal because you’ve done it your whole life. Same thing if you’re used to wearing fuzzy slippers at home. The problem is that your feet are lacking the support that shoes provide. The result? Podiatrists everywhere have seen a significant rise in cases of plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the long, thick band of tissue that supports your foot’s arch. Spending most of your time in unsupportive shoes or no shoes at all puts stress and strain on the plantar fascia, causing the heel pain, arch pain, or both. So, quarantining at home has literally become a pain in the heel for a lot of people.

Tackle plantar fasciitis pain head-on

Plantar fasciitis will get worse if you don’t take steps to treat it. At home, try these approaches:

  • Don’t go barefoot; wear supportive shoes all the time
  • Take anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen to reduce swelling
  • Apply ice: reduce plantar fascia inflammation by rolling the bottom of your foot over a frozen water bottle
  • Stretch the muscles in your foot and calf

If home remedies don’t provide relief, make an appointment with our board-certified podiatrist, Dr. Kenneth R. Wilhelm. Dr. Wilhelm offers state-of-the-art healing therapies including prolotherapy and PRP injections to knock out heel pain. If you’re experiencing heel pain, arch pain, or any other type of foot pain for that matter, make an appointment at Clifton Foot & Ankle Center. We provide expert foot and ankle treatment for residents of Fairfax County, Virginia. Call our Centreville office at (703) 996-3000 or contact us online.

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