Plantar Fasciitis is a condition whereby the thick tissue at the bottom of your feet becomes either inflamed or torn. If it happens, you should visit a Midtown East plantar fasciitis specialist.
The plantar fascia protects the arch of your foot. When it is stretched beyond its capacity, it will manifest itself as a chronic stabbing pain in your heel. It may even lead to difficulty in using your foot at all.
There are several remedies for plantar fasciitis including:
A doctor may prescribe medicine to help alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. They will typically include anti-inflammatory medication to reduce the inflammation in your foot.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the main type of medication used to reduce the pain and inflammation caused by plantar fasciitis. Pain relievers may also be prescribed in the short term.
Another form of temporary pain relief includes injecting steroid medication into the sensitive part of the foot. It usually includes a single injection as multiple injections will weaken the plantar fasciitis and cause it to tear.
Injection of steroids usually happens when your foot is not responding to other pain relief measures. It usually works for about a month at which point your doctor will recommend another course.
Shock Wave Therapy
During shock wave therapy, sound waves are directed at the painful plantar fasciitis. It is meant to stimulate healing in the particular area. A doctor will only recommend shock wave therapy if the plantar fasciitis is not responding to more conservative pain relief treatments. However, it is not consistently effective so it is a rare remedy for the condition.
The most severe cases of plantar fasciitis may require surgery to be performed on your foot. The surgery involves detaching the plantar fasciitis from the bone at the bottom of your foot. The minimally invasive procedure is done under a local anesthesia and involves making a very small incision to detach the plantar fasciitis.
Home and Lifestyle Remedies
There is much you can do at home to help alleviate plantar fasciitis. The simplest among them is resting and staying off your foot. Plantar fasciitis is caused by extreme stress which can be exacerbated when you are overweight. Therefore, you should also try and reduce your weight to see if it helps with the condition.
The shoes you wear have a tremendous effect on the plantar fascia. If you have worn out shoes, you should discard them and get shoes that offer a lot more support. Icing the area may help alleviate pain and inflammation in the short term. You should ice several times a day for icing to be effective. Stretching your foot can offer relief to the plantar fascia. You should stretch all your arches including your Achilles tendon and calf muscles.
When all else fails, your physician will most likely recommend physical therapy. Through a slow and arduous process, you can stretch your plantar fascia back into good health.
The physical therapist will show you how to strengthen your foot in addition to the stretches prescribed.