Plantar Fasciitis is a disorder that results in pain in the heel and bottom of the foot. This is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in this ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling.
Common causes of this disorder are: Your feet roll inward too much when you walk, high arches or flat feet, running or walking on hard surfaces, wearing poor fitting or worn out shoes, and/or tight Achilles tendon or calf muscles.
This pain is usually most severe with the first steps of the day or following a period of rest. This pain can hinder the activities that you enjoy. I have been successful in treating this by use both non-surgical and rarely surgical alternatives.
Non-surgical techniques include: resting, icing, anti-inflammatories, stretching techniques, custom molded orthotics, and steroid/platelet rich plasma injections. Resting, icing and anti-inflammatories are typically used together but require limiting the activity/activities that are causing the pain. See my blog on custom molded orthotics for more details about how these could help you. Stretching techniques and steroid/platelet rich plasma injections can be reviewed and shown during a visit to our office.
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