Painful Swelling on the Sole of the Foot

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.

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Painful Swelling on the Sole of the Foot

Four Stage Treatment Guide 


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

Follow our 4 Stage Treatment Guide

  • 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.
  • Stretching.
  • Night Splints.
  • Physical Therapy.
  • Orthotics.
  • 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.

Most Likely

  1. Pain in the Heel Bone

  2. Bottom of the Foot Pain

  3. Pain above the heel in the back of the foot

  4. Painful Foot Arch

  5. The Outside of the Foot

About the author

The Modern Podiatrist (Foot and Ankle Specialist Doctor):Today's podiatrist is required to undergo rigorous medical training that licenses them as physicians with equivalent legal standing to the MD and DO degree (These are physician recognized licenses most common only in the USA). Although admittedly the training does differ between the three degrees. The differences are listed below.In Michigan Podiatrists are trained and authorized to perform surgery in the foot and ankle up to the tibial tubercle below the knee.All our podiatrists and foot doctors have undergone rigorous training including a 4 undergraduate college degree, writing the medical school entrance exam (MCAT), followed by a 4 year medical school degree (DPM - Doctor of Podiatric Medicine),Once podiatrists in the USA complete the rigorous 4 year medical school courses, they are required to complete a minimum of 3 years of a surgical and non-surgical residency program. Some podiatrists and foot doctors then choose to go on to further fellowship training specializing in various forms of specialty such as diabetic surgery or reconstructive foot and ankle surgery.The training is not over yet! Each podiatrist must be judged by a governing body where they submit their surgical cases and are reviewed regularly to ensure excellent results. This is a career long evaluation with board qualifications and certifications every few years.So have faith that today's podiatrist is your best choice for your foot and ankle problems! We are able to approach you foot and ankle problems from a non-surgery perspective, but that when necessary we can provide you with the treatment that you need!All articles written by this account are considered to be for educational purposes only. It is impossible for us to truly assess your condition and the advice we give here is meant to give you a basis to then follow up with your podiatrist and foot doctor later.If you have any questions at all, or there is anything that we can help you with, please feel free to contact our office or email us. Podiatrists provide medically necessary treatment which should be covered by valid insurance plans, we are not a cosmetic or elective medical specialty.