Heel Pain Treatments, Pittsburgh
Plantar fasciitis affects over 5% of the population. That’s 5 million Americans suffering with heel pain
If you wake up in the morning and the first steps of the day are excruciating, if you work on concrete or stand for long periods of time, you may have plantar fasciitis.
If daily activities cause pain in the heel here are some simple home tips to treat Plantar Fasciitis, Cranberry Twp.
Plantar Fascia Home Treatment:
Every morning before you even take one step out of bed…STRETCH! Using a rolled up towel or a belt around the ball of your foot, straighten your knee and bend your “toes to your nose”
Reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain by applying and ice pack ( or frozen peas or corn) to the painful area on the bottom of your heel.
NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal antiinflammatory pain medication) like ibuprofen or naprosyn may help temporarily.
Arch supports (hard, not gel) will help support the bones and muscles of the foot.
Cut back on your training routine, you may be logging too many miles.
If these don’t work in 2 weeks, call your podiatrist!
More Plantar Fasciitis Treatments :
Physical therapy helps some people but for some it either doesn’t help, or makes it worse.
Night Splints help some people. they may be awkward to sleep in though.
Custom orthotics – I prefer plaster molds over stepping in foam.
If these conservative measures fail, it’s time to ramp up your heel pain treatments:
A local injection of corticosteroid to reduce the painful local inflammation. This is often very effective, but can be a bit painful (for 2 seconds-it’s worth it!)
ESWT- Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy, in which pressure waves in the form of sound waves as shock waves are directed via ultrasound guidance to the area of maximum tenderness in your plantar fascia. With experienced practitioners over 90% of thye most treatment resistant plantar fasciitis can resolve.
Surgery should be a last resort, as there are longterm considerations and many studies site only a 50% sucess rate
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