Plantar fasciitis: treating a chronic and painful condition
There are some painful foot and ankle conditions that come suddenly and can’t be ignored: an injury of some sort, like a ruptured Achilles’ Tendon, a sprained ankle, or a broken bone in your foot comes all at once, and is immediately debilitating. That isn’t the case with long-term chronic painful conditions such as shin splints or plantar fasciitis. These sneak up on you, getting worse in stages, until it is nearly unbearable.
At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we know that people suffering from plantar fasciitis often avoid going to see talented and compassionate specialists. After all, they sometimes reason, it wasn’t so bad this morning, and I got through the day. But that is a dangerous, if understandable, attitude. Plantar fasciitis can and will get increasingly worse, and the sooner it is taken care of, the sooner healing can begin.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a condition that affects the bottom of your foot. The fibrous tissue connects your toes with your heel bone, and an inflammation of that causes plantar fasciitis. This can lead to intense pain in your heel. This is most pronounced when you wake up, or if you have been in one position for a long time, but even for those who are active during the day the constant pain can prove debilitating, and plantar fasciitis has knocked out top professional athletes for weeks or months. It is especially common for the overweight, but it also found in runners.
How can it be treated?
There are many different ways to treat plantar fasciitis. Some of these include:
- Anti-inflammatories, from over-the-counter to prescription
- Night splints that stretch your foot while you sleep
- Cortisone injections
- FAST procedure(ultrasonic debridement)
- Alternative treatment (lasers, EPAT, etc)
None of these are right for everyone. At the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we understand that each case is unique, and we use our decades of experience to find the proper treatment for each individual. We will only recommend what is right for you. Plantar fasciitis is painful, but it can be treated. Come in to find out how.
If you have suffer from plantar fasciitis or another long-term condition, or have experienced a foot or ankle injury please come in and see the dedicated staff at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine. Contact us to find out more!