Plantar Fasciitis is the pain caused by inflammation to the connective tissue (plantar fascia) supporting the arch of the foot. The pain is most commonly felt in the heel, but also the bottom of the foot. Plantar Fasciitis is common with runners, individuals with poor shoe support, pregnant women, and overweight individuals.
Plantar Fasciitis is often felt as a stabbing pain in the heel of your foot. Typically the pain is worse during the first few steps of the day or after resting. As you continue to walk, the pain should diminish. It usually only affects one foot, but in about one-third of the cases affect both feet.
Your doctor will start by examining your foot and testing your balance, reflexes, coordination, as well as muscle strength and tone. Sometimes, to eliminate other potential sources of pain (pinched nerve, bone spur, stress fracture), your doctor may order an MRI or x-ray.
Dr. Gary Olson can help you with your Plantar Fasciitis pain. Once he has discovered the source of your pain he will put together a treatment plan to alleviate your pain. Approximately 90 percent of people will recover from plantar fasciitis within a few months following conservative treatment.
Typically the treatment will involve physical therapy, stretching exercises, pain management, and Kinesio Taping. Kinesio Taping works to alleviate discomfort and decrease inflammation in the area. Sometimes a custom fit foot orthotic may be prescribed, and in moderate, to severe cases, a night splint may be recommended to stretch your calf and the arch of your foot while you sleep.
You will be given stretching exercises to do at home to help relieve pain and speed healing. Ice massage is also something that can help reduce inflammation and pain. Before you leave Dr. Olson office, you will be made aware of any exercises and treatments he wants you to continue at home.
Many medical doctors will often prescribe nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen and naproxen, to treat the inflammation and pain of plantar fasciitis. Medication will not cure Plantar Fasciitis, they simply try to temporarily hide the pain.
If natural, conservative methods have failed to reduce plantar fasciitis pain, your doctor may suggest extracorporeal shock wave therapy, a therapy used to treat chronic plantar fasciitis. Extracorporeal shock wave therapy uses sound waves to stimulate healing but may cause numbness, tingling, bruises, swelling, and pain. In a worst-case scenario, surgery may be recommended to detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone. Fortunately, very few people need surgery to treat Plantar Fasciitis.
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