MUSIC PLAYING Plantar fasciitis is one the most common problems I see in my practice. It’s pain on the bottom of the heal sometimes extending up into the arch of the foot. It’s common in people who stand for long periods of time on hard surfaces, who are overweight, who are athletic, so people from all walks of life can get this young and old alike. It most commonly occurs along the ligament that runs on the bottom of the foot from the heel into the forefoot. We think it occurs because of stretching of the ligament, but.
Since the ligament is not elastic, you get some small tears in your ligament. Inflammation and pain ensue. Most people who develop this problem try to selftreat it at home and that’s fine. You can try something soft in the shoe like an insert or heel cup. Antiinflammatory medications are helpful. Ice and stretching. When the problem goes on for two weeks or longer and it’s not getting better or getting worse, it’s time to come see the doctor. What we do is treat with antiinflammatory medications, special stretching exercises, physical therapy, even cortisone injections, and in rare cases, surgery or a procedure.
Called shockwave therapy. Well these problems are serious in that they affect the quality of life. People lose time off of work because of these problems and that is a big issue, so we like to treat them and help improve people’s quality of life and help them maintain comfortable daytoday activities. The most important thing people can do is to wear appropriate shoes. A lot of people go to work and they’re standing all day, walking on hard floors wearing thin soled shoes. It’s really necessary that they wear appropriate supportive, comfortable shoes. We want them.
Plantar Fasciitis Causes, Treatment Prevention
To take a break and not stand for long periods of time. If they’re standing in front of a machine or they cannot sit down, something that would be good for them to use would be a pressure reducing mat beneath their feet. A massage is helpful. Ice when they get home at the end of the day. And if they’re experiencing pain, an overthecounter antiinflammatory like Advil or Aleve is appropriate. Inserts in their shoes are helpful as well additionally. And if they’re not getting better with those simple measures then they need to come in and see a medical professional.