Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
IMPORTANCE OF EARLY TREATMENT– The first thing to realize about Plantar Fasciitis treatment is how very important it is to begin caring for it at the first onset of symptoms. The condition occurs when too much strain is put on the arch of the foot. The tissue connecting the plantar fascia ligament to the calcaneus (heel bone) becomes injured.
This causes stabbing, hot heel pain when standing up or walking. Some people also get arch pain. Not only does the pain get worse if untreated– it can develop into a chronic condition, Plantar Fasciosis, and build up scar tissue.
Standard Heel Pain Treatments
The most well established kind of treatment regimen for Plantar Fasciitis heel pain is non-invasive, and most people respond to it within a very short period of time-
- Keep inflammation under control with NSAIDs like Ibuprofen and Naproxen. Always consult a physician before taking medications.
- Put an ice bag on the heel and surrounding area for 10 to 15 minutes, one or more times per day. Discontinue when pain has stopped.
- Stretch the calf muscles very gently. (The tight calf muscles cause the heel bone to be pulled backwards, which increases the strain on the plantar fascia ligament).
- Wear good quality shoes which are a little bit roomy–walking shoes, sneakers, or shoes with a modest heel.
- Use specialized shoe-inserts inside the shoes to curb excessive stretching of the plantar fascia ligament, and cushion the heel’s ‘sore spot’.
This brief guide contains details for selecting the correct footwear and shoe-inserts, along with some tips for people who must work on their feet:
See the Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Information Guide.
Invasive Treatments-- These are typically not tried unless one has not responded to the non-invasive standard treatments.
- Cortisone or other steroid injections into the heel– This supports recovery because it reduces inflammation. Some people get one injection and the problem never returns. Others get injections several times with no lasting effect whatsoever. It is quite painful to get the injection. Some doctors feel that those who get the injection should also be doing the standard treatments.
- Surgery– Cuts completely through the plantar fascia. This is rarely necessary, even for very painful cases. Surgery is usually a last-ditch-effort. Foot mobility is permanently altered by this procedure, but not in a way that would affect most people.
- ESWT- Extra-corporeal shock-wave therapy– Involves either local or general anethesia. A powerful shock-wave is applied to the injured spot. The idea is to get the body to make a deeper healing response.
- Prolotherapy- This also endeavors to elicit a strong healing response from the body. A substance which will irritate the ligament is locally injected. Usually results in more collagen formation.
Quite a number of devices and gimmicks (elastic socks, foot warmers, foot/leg splints, foot rollers) are promoted on the internet. Some help some people a little bit, some do not. None we know of is really the kind of cure-all which many of these things are touted to be.
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As when seeking any kind of medical treatment, those seeking Plantar Fasciitis treatment should consult a qualified health practitioner. The content herein is for general educational purposes and is not suitable for treating or diagnosing oneself.