Wearing high-heels for long hours and even simply standing for hours without rest are habits that can place stress on the feet and cause plantar fasciitis. Presenting as heel pain, plantar faciitis is an inflammation of the tissue that runs from the heel to the toes. UN Oriental Medical Clinic physician Lee Sung-hun believes this condition is easily preventable through simple changes in behavior.
The National Health Insurance Service published statistics showing that plantar fasciitis is more common in females than males. More specifically, women in their 30s to 50s are the most prevalently affected.Heavy physical activity, weight gain, and hormonal changes are common contributors. Sung-hun states that in Oriental medicine, acupuncture, bee venom, and moxibustion are used to treat plantar fasciitis, but suggests supportive footwear and stretching the Achilles heel and calf muscles as helpful alternatives.
Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition and requires medical attention. If you experience discomfort when applying weight to the heel, see a podiatrist like Dr. Henry Slomowitz of Paramus and Paterson. Dr. Slomowitz will provide quality care for all of your foot and ankle related concerns.
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.
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