Pueblo fitness instructor Tammy Moore found that her feet were hurting every time she woke up in the morning. Her feet gradually continued to hurt more and more in and around her heels, she then thought that she just needed a new pair of shoes.
“When I’d wake up and take a step, it felt like the arches were cramped,” Moore said. “I would have this whole process of waking my feet up in the morning.” Finally, Moore visited a doctor and was surprised to find out she was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis, a very common heel problem among athletic individuals.
Moore’s condition took over a year to heal, and she had to spend over $1000 on insoles, new shoes, and physical therapy. Frequent stretching alleviated her pain considerably, and she found she was able to run on treadmills without aggravating the injured ligament. “At the first signs, if you think you have it, start (treatments),” she said. “If I felt it coming back, I think I’d do all these things.”
Heel pain can be a precursor of plantar fasciitis. If you suspect you might have this condition, speak with podiatrist Dr. Jeffrey Conforti of New Jersey. Dr. Conforti will examine your feet and help determine the source of your pain.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot, causing pain in the heel and arch of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
· Lack of adequate footwear
· Excessive running
· Poor foot support
How Can Plantar Fasciitis Be Treated?
· Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
· Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience. Requires multiple sessions. This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
· Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia. This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.
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