At first, Colorado fitness instructor and graphic designer Tammy Moore thought her shoes were the source of her heel pain. But after a while the pain became so intense that sometimes it was difficult for her to even stand up.
She decided to visit a doctor, who identified her condition as plantar fasciitis.
Moore spent upward of $1000 on physical therapy, new shoes, and insoles. She found that stretching her feet regularly did a lot to make her heel feel better. It ended up being more than a year before her plantar fasciitis fully subsided. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”
Plantar fasciitis is very painful, but can usually be treated with a wide variety of options. For help with your heel pain, call podiatrist Dr. Henry Slomowitz, DPM. Dr. Slomowitz will let you know if you have plantar fasciitis or not and recommend an appropriate treatment.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
· Ill-fitting shoes
· Weight change
· Excessive running
· Non-supportive shoes
How Can It Be Treated?
· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience. Requires multiple sessions. This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.
New Studies on Treatment
According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer. For more information about Plantar Fasciitis, please follow the link below.
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