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What to Do About Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Pain

Tuesday, 27 February 2024 00:00

Chronic plantar fasciitis pain, which occurs in the heel or bottom of the foot, can impact both daily activities and overall well-being. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis pain is generally considered chronic when it lasts several months and worsens over time. People with long-term pain from plantar fasciitis have options available to manage the pain and improve quality of life. Custom orthotics, which can provide tailored foot support, can alleviate pressure on the feet.  There are additional treatment options that podiatrists may recommend on a case-by-case basis, such as laser therapy or corticosteroid injections. Surgery is sometimes used on patients who do not respond to more conservative treatment methods. If you have chronic foot pain due to plantar fasciitis, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can guide you toward appropriate treatment options.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Loren Hansen, DPM  from Ankle & Foot Medical Center. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, known as the plantar fascia, and causes mild to severe heel pain.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation
  • Repeated stretching and tearing of the plantar fascia

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices
  • Shockwave therapy – sound waves are sent to the affected area to facilitate healing and are usually used for chronic cases of plantar fasciitis
  • Surgery – usually only used as a last resort when all else fails. The plantar fascia can be surgically detached from the heel

While very treatable, plantar fasciitis is definitely not something that should be ignored. Especially in severe cases, speaking to your doctor right away is highly recommended to avoid complications and severe heel pain. Your podiatrist can work with you to provide the appropriate treatment options tailored to your condition.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact our office located in Las Vegas, NV . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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