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Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

Do you have heel pain? Plantar fasciitis, the inflammation of the ligament that extends from the heel to the toes, may be the cause. A podiatrist can typically diagnose this condition by taking a medical history and examining your foot. There are many different treatments for plantar fasciitis. Treatments that can be done at home include stretching exercises for the feet, avoiding going barefoot, wearing supportive shoes, icing the foot, and limiting extended physical activities.  The doctor might prescribe other treatments as well, including padding, taping, or strapping the foot to reduce strain on the plantar fascia, wearing orthotic devices in your shoes, injecting a corticosteroid into the foot to reduce pain and inflammation, wearing a removable walking cast or night splint, or physical therapy. In rare cases, surgery may be required. Consult with a podiatrist to learn which treatment is right for you.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact Dr. Mark Davison  from Active Foot Care. 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 one of our offices located in State College and Philipsburg, PA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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