Orthopedic Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

by Administrator 15. July 2015 14:38

Plantar Fasciitis is an overuse injury that is characterized by pain in the heel of the foot. The plantar fascia is defined as a thick layer of connective tissue that begins from the heel and extends up to the undersides of each toe. The fibrous tissue absorbs shock and supports the arch of the foot during walking, running or other activities. If you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, you can experience irritation and inflammation under your foot. The degenerative condition is common among women and people who have flat feet. Even people who walk or stand on hard surfaces as part of their jobs are more susceptible to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.

Causes

  • Overweight
  • Prolonged standing or walking
  • Overtraining
  • Repetitive stress
  • Improper distribution of load on the fascia

Symptoms

  • Tears in the fascia
  • Pain in the heel
  • Intense pain after exercise
  • Inflammation
  • Tenderness
  • Body’s inability to heal itself
  • Change in the way you walk

Diagnosis

The orthopedic surgeon may diagnose the condition on the basis of your symptoms and physical examination. He may recommend some imaging tests such as plain X-ray to rule out heel spurs, stress fracture and bone malformations. You may also be advised to go for an MRI test to rule out any soft tissue disease.

Treatment

The condition can be treated both non-surgically and surgically depending upon its severity.

Non-surgical treatment

The orthopedic doctor may recommend rest and ice packs to offer relief from inflammation. You may be prescribed certain non steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines to offer relief from pain and swelling. Exercise can also be effective in relieving pain as it improves flexibility and mobility.

The physician may advise you to wear orthotics (shoe inserts) and supportive shoes. Cushioning with soft silicon heel pads and using inserts greatly reduces the stress on the fascia and thus, offers relief. You can also use night splint to get relief from morning pain.

Physiotherapy is also helpful in reducing inflammation. Your physiotherapist may design a special program for you comprising specialized ice treatments, medication, and massages and stretching exercises.

Surgical treatment

If the non-surgical methods fail to work, then you may be advised to undergo surgery. During surgery, the length of calf muscles is increased surgically, which increases the movement of the ankle. In other case, the plantar fascia ligament is partially cut to release tension in the tissue. This surgery is done endoscopically. If you are overweight, the physician may suggest you to reduce weight and avoid aggravating activities.

For comprehensive treatment of  Plantar Fasciitis, consult Dr. Desai in Plano, TX. To schedule an appointment with the ankle surgeon, you can call at (972) 985 – 1072 or visit 4031 West Plano Parkway, Suite 100, Plano, Texas 75093.

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