According to UN Oriental Medical Clinic practitioner Lee Sung-hun, plantar fasciitis comes from a variety of factors, including age and level of activity. Sung-hun states that plantar fasciitis is very common; about ten percent of people suffering from the painful condition.
Some common causes of the illness include extra weight due to pregnancy, hormonal changes during middle age and intense sports. In Oriental medicine, acupuncture, bee venom, and and moxibustion are used as treatments for plantar fasciitis. Sung-hun additionally says that the condition can go away on its own if given enough time.
Plantar fasciitis is an uncomfortable condition. If you have pain in your heels, call podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali, DPM of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can treat your foot and ankle conditions.
What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
- Ill-fitting shoes
- Weight change
- Excessive running
- Non-supportive shoes
How Can It 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.
New Studies on Treatment
According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.
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