Common Ways To Treat Plantar Fasciitis
Is it difficult for you to walk normally and have significant foot or heel pain? A physical examination based on your medical history and symptoms can help find the right diagnose.
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a thin ligament that connects your heel to the front of your foot. Too much pressure on your feet can cause pain and damage or tear the ligaments.
The most common treatments for plantar fasciitis are the following:
Home Treatments – Frequently used to diminish inflammation in the ligament are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medicine, such as, ibuprofen and naproxen. To reduce swelling, the patient should stay off his feet and apply ice from 15 up to 20 minutes.
Medical Treatments – A corticosteroid injection can be given directly into the damaged section of the ligament. Your doctor may also administer corticosteroid on the arch of your foot or the skin of your heel. To let the steroid pass through your skin and into the muscle, your doctor will also apply a painless electrical current.
A physical therapist can show you ways to stretch your plantar fascia and Achilles tendons. Physical therapy will also help you strengthen your lower leg muscles and stabilize your walk.
If the pain is acute, the plantar fascia can be partially detached from the heel bone, surgically. Another surgery called gastrocnemius recession is a process that involves lengthening the calf muscle.
Braces and Supports – Morning stiffness and pain can be prevented with a type of brace that holds your foot in a flexed position and lengthens the plantar fascia and Achilles tendon overnight. These specific braces are called night splints. Other helpful braces and supports the patient can use are either boot casts or special orthotics.
In order to have the best results, plantar fasciitis treatment should start when you first notice symptoms.
If you need guidance through your treatment process or have more questions, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Core Walking in New York. You can rely on their help and expertise in the domain!