Boca Podiatry Plantar Fasciitis

Treating Plantar Fasciitis

Dr Sommer starts his examination for heel pain with X-Ray equipment and also uses diagnostic ultrasound for the soft tissue evaluation.

One of the main goals of plantar fasciitis treatment is to relieve the inflamation so that the small tears are allowed to heal. Oral medications, injections, orthopedic strapping and taping, as well as the use of orthotic inserts are used to help treat and alleviate the pain.

Plantar Fasciitis

Orthospec - Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

In this procedure sound waves are directed at the area of heel pain to stimulate healing. It's usually used for chronic plantar fasciitis that hasn't responded to more conservative treatments. It is a safe and effective alternative to invasive surgical treatments.

Surgery

If all else fails and the pain is severe, small incision surgery may be necessary.

Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is common in middle-aged people. It also occurs in younger people who are on their feet a lot, like runners and other athletes. It can happen in one foot or both feet.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the ligament that supports your arch. Repeated strain can cause tiny tears in the ligament. These can lead to pain and swelling.

Most people with plantar fasciitis have pain when they take their first steps after they get out of bed or sit for a long time. You may have less stiffness and pain after you take a few steps. But your foot may hurt more as the day goes on. It may hurt the most when you climb stairs or after you stand for a long time.