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Simple Relief Techniques for Plantar Fasciitis

Patients who have developed plantar fasciitis often look to find relief. It is a condition that is characterized by heel pain, and it may affect the Achilles tendon. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the band of tissue that connects the heels to the toes. It is located on the soles of the feet, and can happen from standing on hard surfaces for the majority of the day. Additionally, wearing shoes that do not have adequate support may contribute significantly to getting plantar fasciitis. Many people choose to ignore the aches that this condition often begins with, and this may extend the recovery period. There are simple stretching techniques that may help to reduce the pain from plantar fasciitis. A stretch for the plantar fascia is done by rolling the affected foot on a tennis ball or frozen water bottle. A standing heel raise is also an effective stretch. This is accomplished by standing on a step, while lowering heels one at a time until a gentle stretch is felt. Plantar fasciitis is a serious foot condition, and it is suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can help you with effective relief methods.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and inconvenient. If you are experiencing heel pain or symptoms of plantar fasciitis, contact one of our podiatrists  from Comprehensive Foot & Ankle Centers. Our doctors 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 offices located in Shepherdsville and Louisville, KY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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