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Plantar Fasciitis

Worker Injuries: A Closer Look at Policeman’s Heel (Plantar Fasciitis)

Dallas Medical Clinic Offering Treatment Plans for on-the-job Plantar Fasciitis Injuries

Policeman’s Heel, known technically as plantar fasciitis, is a common foot condition in which the thick end of tissue that connects the heel to the toes becomes irritated and inflamed, causing pain in the heel. It can become impossible to work, walk, or go about your regular activities without pain if you are suffering from this condition.

The main symptom of Policeman’s Heel is a stabbing pain in the heel. This pain is often worse in the morning, and improves as you walk. The pain may also be worse when you are getting up from a sitting position or after you have been sitting for a prolonged period of time.

Who is at Risk for Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is commonly called Policeman’s Heel because the health condition was common among police officers who walked long beats in stiff shoes. Generally, the heel pain is prevalent among workers who spend long hours on their feet, often moving from a sitting to a standing position, or those who do not wear proper shoes during their shift. Workers who stand on hard surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt, are also at increased risk.

Common types of workers who suffer from plantar fasciitis include:

  • Police officers and law enforcement officers
  • Post office workers
  • Park rangers and forest workers
  • Waiters and waitresses
  • Nurses and nurse aides
  • Teachers
  • Factory workers

A person may be at increased risk for developing plantar fasciitis if he or she is older, overweight, or if he or she does not wear the correct shoe for the activity. Those who have abnormal feet, such as flat feet or feet with high arches, may also be at increased risk for the foot pain.

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Mild cases of Policeman’s Heel will resolve on their own or with rest. However, some cases need to be treated by a medical professional. At Work Injury MD, we offer a number of treatments that can resolve chronic heel pain, including:

It is important for everyone to note that plantar fasciitis will not heal if the worker suffering from the condition does not understand how the injury occurred and take steps to prevent re-injury or further injury. Workers can prevent injuries by continuing physical therapy exercises with their feet, finding well-cushioned shoes for their job, or finding a new position at work that does not include as much walking or standing.

Talk to a Doctor About Your Heel Injury Today

At Work Injury MD, located in Dallas, Texas, we can diagnose and treat your heel pain quickly, thoughtfully, and compassionately. Whether your plantar fasciitis requires nothing more than over-the-counter treatments and rest, or whether you may require injectable treatments or surgery, we will help you fight your heel pain, get back on your feet, and get back to work. To schedule an appointment with our board-certified doctor, to ask a question, or to learn more about our clinic, please contact us today.