Our bodies are amazingly designed and have been equipped to heal themselves from injuries and deficits that occur. Bones can re-grow themselves, wounds close up, and your ever-fighting immune system hijacks any sickness that comes to destroy you. While our bodies have been designed to take care of themselves, there are some injuries that simply cannot fully heal on their own. Left untreated, these conditions can leave you in discomfort for the rest of your life or even worse, develop into more serious conditions that cannot be non-surgically treated any more.
One of these conditions that could lead to worse outcomes if left untreated is plantar fasciitis or better related to as arch or heel pain. Here are 3 major problems that can occur if you push your heel pain to the side.
Consequences of Untreated Plantar Fasciitis
If you don’t actively manage your plantar fasciitis, our greatest concern is the worse conditions that can develop over-time as a result. Heel Spurs/Achilles Tendonitis, Plantar Fibromatosis and Full Plantar Rupture. Here’s a brief overview of each, and how we can help you overcome the “NOW” before any of these happen.
Heel Spurs/Achilles Tendonitis – One of the most common issues associated with untreated plantar fasciitis is the development of heel spurs. While your body is doing its best to protect itself from the re-occuring pain, it is simultaneously developing calcium deposits to protect the arch of your foot from further damage. This would sound great, however; these deposits can turn into sharp bone that pierce you with every step. Not only will early intervention help treat underlying plantar fasciitis, but it will also help prevent against heel spur formation.
Plantar Fibromatosis – Simply put, this is a benign thickening of the fascia. Over time, walking on the thickened fascia can go from mildly uncomfortable to severely painful. Treating your plantar fasciitis when you notice symptoms will prevent the fascia from thickening and ultimately aid in preventing this painful condition from developing.
Plantar Rupture – a third problem that can develop if you don’t properly manage your plantar fasciitis.Your fascia is weakened and fragile when it is in a damaged state. In addition to being weakened, the fascia is also vulnerable to sudden rupture. This is extremely painful and takes a very long time to recover from. Unfortunately, there is no telling what event or activity can finally lead you to a full plantar rupture. This is why it is serious to manage your condition under professional care as soon as possible.
We want to highly encourage you to make an appointment with one of our Doctors if you are currently experiencing any pain in the arch of your foot or your heel. If you think that you may have plantar fasciitis, address the pain NOW before it leads to other potential conditions. We’re so thankful to be one of your Healthcare Providers for 2020 and hope you have a wonderful New Year.
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