We’re in the mood for staying warm and cozy around this time of year, but there’s too much to do. Before the weather truly turns, we can fit in a few more great days of running, hiking, and even biking. Cooler weather often causes our little aches and pains to rear their heads, and those first aches of the season always catch us off guard. That’s back already?
But not all aches are linked to cooler weather. Keep reading to learn about what may be causing that stabbing pain in the bottoms of your feet.
What is going on?
Our feet each have a thick band of tissue that spans the heel to your toes. These tissues helps support the arch and the muscles of your foot. It’s when they’re overly stretched when problems can occur. Tiny tears can start to form in the surface of these tissues, causing pain and inflammation.
Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis
Stabbing pain the bottom of your foot is a common symptom of Plantar Fasciitis. It may only occur in the morning or after you’ve gotten back to your feet after sitting for a long time. The pain may last for a few steps, and then fade away.
What caused it?
Plantar Fasciitis can occur in men and women, though it seems to be more commonly found in women. Activities and conditions that are linked to Plantar Fasciitis include:
- Wearing high-heeled shoes often
- Wearing worn-out shoes
- Wearing shoes with thin soles or flip flops often
- Having flat feet or a very high arch
- Having tight Achilles tendons
- Having an abnormal walk or foot position
How can I treat it?
Your physician will want to examine your feet to make sure you really are suffering from Plantar Fasciitis, and not from a broken bone or other injury. Your doctor will discuss the options with you and will help you select the best one for your situation.
Possible treatment options include medication to reduce inflammation, steroid injections, or physical therapy. Surgery or more invasive methods may be helpful in reducing pain from Plantar Fasciitis as well.