Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Options
By Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists
February 25, 2020
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Plantar Fasciitis  

Are you feeling a little frustrated because your plantar fasciitis symptoms aren't improving? Your Albuquerque, NM, podiatrists at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists offer orthotics and other devices and treatments that can reduce your pain.

How plantar fasciitis affects your foot

Plantar fasciitis affects the plantar fascia, a tough band of tissue that connects your heel to your toes. Tiny tears in the fascia trigger inflammation that causes heel pain.

If you have plantar fasciitis, you may notice a stabbing pain in your heel when you take your first steps in the morning, after sitting for long periods, or after you finish exercising. Pain can start slowly and may gradually worsen over the course of a few weeks.

You may be at increased risk of developing the condition if you spend most of the day on your feet, wear shoes that don't cushion your feet, have tight calf muscles, are overweight, or have high arches or flat feet.

Treatment options for plantar fasciitis

Your podiatrist can offer several treatment options for plantar fasciitis, including:

  • Orthotics: Orthotics cushion your foot, reducing pressure on your heel. During your visit to the Albuquerque podiatry office, your podiatrist will create a mold of your foot that will be used to create your prescription shoe inserts. Orthotics also improve the alignment of your foot while you wear shoes, absorb shock and can help prevent back, hip and leg pain.
  • Night Splints: Worn while you sleep, night splints hold your ankle in a neutral position and stretch your fascia.
  • Cortisone Injections: Cortisone injections may be recommended if over-the-counter medications don't adequately control your pain.
  • Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy: During this therapy, shockwaves penetrate your tissues, speeding healing and reducing pain.
  • Physical Therapy: Physical therapy prevents your fascia from becoming too tight and also stretches your calf muscles and Achilles tendon.
  • Surgery: If other treatments aren't helpful, surgery to release the plantar fascia may be recommended.

Orthotics and other treatment strategies can help you manage your plantar fasciitis pain. Call your Albuquerque, NM, foot doctors at Albuquerque Associated Podiatrists at (505) 247-4164 to schedule an appointment.