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Tuesday, 19 July 2016 14:37

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

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sneaker stretchPlantar fasciitis is a common foot condition that causes pain along the bottom of the foot. It occurs due to the inflammation of the thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the toes on the bottom of the foot. Plantar fasciitis can usually be treated at home with simple remedies. One of these treatments includes calf stretching. Calf stretching is a popular treatment because it helps improve flexibility. Another treatment is ice therapy to reduce pain and inflammation. Over the counter nonsteroidal medications may also help in alleviating the pain that plantar fasciitis causes.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact our one of our podiatrists of Greene Podiatry Associates, Inc.. Our doctors will assist you with all of your podiatric concerns.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·      Excessive running

·      Non-supportive shoes

·      Overpronation

·      Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

·      Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices

·      Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis

·      Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Waynesburg and Fredericktown, PA.  We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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