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Are you wincing when your feet hit the floor in the morning? Is your exercise routine more difficult due to pain in the bottom of your foot? You may be dealing with plantar fasciitis, a common foot condition that, according to the National Institute of Health, can affect up to 10% of people at some point in their lives. The podiatrists at American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale and Sun City, Arizona - Dr. Michael B Stegman and Dr. John T Erotas - have extensive experience in diagnosing and treating plantar fasciitis. They explain more about it here:
What is plantar fasciitis?
The plantar fascia is a thick, taut band of tissue that connects the big toe to the heel. It helps provide support to the arch of your foot (the curve located at the inner middle area) and helps to absorb shock while using your feet to walk, run and stand. Overuse of this band can cause it to become injured, which causes inflammation and pain in the heel and bottom of the foot, especially after a long period of rest, like sitting or sleeping.
What causes plantar fasciitis?
Drs. Stegman and Erotas often treat plantar fasciitis in patients who have recently begun or increased an exercise routine, typically running or walking. People whose jobs require a lot of standing or walking - police officers, restaurant workers and even doctors or nurses - are also at a higher risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Obesity is also thought to play a part in this condition as well, as the feet have a difficult time supporting an excessive amount of weight. Improper shoe choices are also a major contributor to the occurance of Plantar Fasciitis. Shoes with poor support, wearing the wrong shoes for a given activity (like wearing flip-lops for your daily walk) or wearing shoes that have lost their ability to support and cushion your feet due to years and miles of wear are prime causes of the pain of Plantar Fasciitis.
How is plantar fasciitis treated?
The good news is that for most of our patients, plantar fasciitis can be easily managed with conservative treatments. This includes light physical therapy methods and at-home exercises, supportive footwear and foot splints or shoe inserts, Anti-inflamatory medications and injections can also be helpful in breaking the cycle of pain and downtime caused by persistent Plantar Fasciitis. When Plantar Fasciitis is unresponsive to usual conservative approaches Drs. Erotas and Stegman have had great success with STEM CELL injection treatments. Unfortunately approximately 2-4% of patients do not experience relief with conservative approaches. In these cases surgical intervention is highly effective. Drs. Erotas and Stegman are both Board Certified Foot and Ankle surgeons (American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgeons) each with over 35 years of experience.
If you think you might be dealing with plantar fasciitis, give American Foot & Ankle Specialists in Scottsdale and Sun City, AZ, a call. We'd be happy to help you "heal" your pain and get you back on your feet!
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