Plantar Fasciitis Treatment
Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common and disabling of foot problems. It normally occurs when an intense activity causes the plantar fascia band to become overwhelmed, painful, and swell. In the majority of cases, plantar fasciitis is relieved after a short period of rest but in some cases, it can be much more persistent.
The first few things that you want to do to heal plantar fasciitis are simple but important and should not be overlooked. Make sure to stop the activity that you think is causing foot pain. Plantar fasciitis often occurs when a new activity is introduced and this intensity causes the plantar fascia band to swell. As such, become aware of what activity might have caused the increase in pain and stop until your foot recovers.
Next, stay away from other activities that might increase the pain of the plantar fascia band. The goal right now is to take all pressure and stress off the of the bottom of the foot in order to reduce the amount of swelling and instigate healing rather than increased injury. Maybe change your exercise and change any uncomfortable shoes that you wear regularly.
One of the best treatments that lends towards the foot’s full recovery is to wear custom orthotics. Orthotics made by a podiatrist at the American Foot and Ankle Specialists are made specific to your feet. They provide the maximum amount of support and therefore, relieve much of the foot pressure that you may be unconsciously or consciously undergoing on a daily basis.
My patients are always surprised at the benefit that custom orthotics provide because for so much of their lives they have been walking with generic insoles made by shoe companies.
Next thing to do, besides resting whenever you experience foot pain and stopping the activities that are causing your pain, is too make sure to ice your foot at least three times per day. This is so essential to recovering from plantar fasciitis because it relieves much of the plantar fascia bands inflammation.
The American Foot and Ankle Specialists have two phoenix locations, one in Scottsdale and one in Sun City. Dr. Michael Stegman and Dr. John Erotas have over two decades of experience treating plantar fasciitis and are confident that they can help you eliminate this disabling foot problem in your life. Our practice focuses on patient satisfaction and care and most importantly, healing the afflicting foot conditions that are a disruption in people’s lives.
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By John Erotas