Plantar Fascitiis is a common foot problem that most people will develop at some point in their life. This pain is one of the most common reasons people seek out a Podiatrist, or foot and ankle specialist. It is also the reason that numerous professional athletes have retired from professional sports. That being said, Plantar Fasciitis is something that people don’t have to live with and something that can be cured relatively easily with conservative measures greater than 99% of the time.
Plantar Fasciitis is essentially an inflamed ligament on the bottom of your heel. This ligament helps to support your arch and stabilize the smaller bones at the peak of your arch to help transfer forces through the midfoot through the stance phase of the gait cycle. People commonly develop plantar fasciitis when standing in one position for long periods of time. The foot then begins to roll inward or pronate and tension increases on the plantar fascial ligament. This pain can actually worsen overnight or by sitting down to rest for a short period.
There are several treatment methods that we use to treat Plantar Fasciitis. Stretching, icing, anti-inflammatory medication, and splinting are forms of conservative treatment. Physical therapy can help using ultrasound or phonopheresis over a period of time, and a cortisone shot typically offers instant relief. Orthotics often help by controlling the biomechanics of the foot. Less than 1% of the time is surgery needed to correct the problem.
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