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Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain, often necessitates employing a number of methods to alleviate symptoms effectively. Supportive therapies, such as targeted foot and calf stretches, can help to minimize pressure on the damaged plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs from the toes to the heel under the foot. For more severe cases, corticosteroid injections may offer temporary relief from the pain. In addition, a shift toward performing low-impact exercises, like swimming or cycling, can help to maintain cardiovascular health while minimizing strain on the affected area. Customized orthotics, targeting the arch and swollen regions of the foot, have been shown to provide relief as well as prevent future occurrences of plantar fasciitis. Healing from plantar fasciitis typically occurs within 12 to 18 months with nonsurgical methods. For individualized care from the pain and inconvenience of plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Podiatry Services . Our doctors can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

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 Murrieta, CA . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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