Painful Swelling on the Sole of the Foot
If you have painful swelling on the sole of the foot, then you are most likely suffering from plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a medical condition where something has irritated the plantar fascia ligament at the bottom of your foot. In most people this is due to the accumulation of your body weight stretching the ligament over your lifetime. The good news is this condition is very treatable; the treatment is simple but takes a great deal of dedication.
Symptoms of Painful Swelling on the Sole of the Foot
- Pain is worse in the morning.
- Pain is worse after rest.
- Pain gets better after walking around.
- The first steps of the day are the most painful.
- Moving your foot toward your shin hurts.
- The heel and the arch is the most sore.
- Very common condition.
Diagnosis of Painful Swelling on the Sole of the Foot
- Podiatrist or foot doctor examination alone.
- Correlating the foot pain with the symptoms listed above, it is the most common heel pain that exists.
- Xrays to rule out a calcaneal stress fracture.
- Diagnostic Ultrasound to measure a thickened plantar fascia.
- MRI to rule out a soft tissue problem.
- Presence of a Heel Spur
Treatment of Painful Swelling on the Sole of the Foot
- Treatment options include getting rest, preferably either reducing your weight or the amount of time spent on your feet. Both are best if possible!
- Icing and Elevating your heel and arch.
- Anti-inflammatory medication.
- Night Splints.
- Physical Therapy.
- Corticosteroids injections into the heel.
- Surgery is reserved for only the most resistant of cases.
What if it is not plantar fasciitis:
If your pain is not due to plantar fasciitis, and this does not sound like the type of pain you are having, try the following links to see if these apply to you.