By gary @foothealthpodiatry.com
September 04, 2014
Category: Foot Conditions

The condition known as plantar fasciitis is not an uncommon foot condition. In fact, physician Lee Sung-hun of the UN Oriental Medical Clinic says that approximately one in 10 people experience this condition, which is not a small number.  

Plantar fasciitis is often caused by changes in hormones, pregnancy and heavy physical activity. Physician Lee Sung-hun also notes that poor habits can contribute to it. Although plantar fasciitis often dissolves on its own, he points out that bee venom, moxibustion and acupuncture treatments found in Oriental medicine are well known for providing patients relief.

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful, but luckily treatment for this condition is often simple. For help with a strained plantar fascia in your foot, contact Dr. Sorelis Jiménez, DPM of Foot Health Podiatry. Dr. Jiménez will assess your injury and provide you with a suitable form of foot care.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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