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Plantar Fasciitis Consists of Different FactorsAccording 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
  • Overpronation

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.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot ankle injuries.

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Victoria Azarenka Withdraws From Doha Due To Foot InjuryTennis player Victoria Azarenka had to withdraw from the Qatar Total Open in Doha due to an ongoing foot injury. Because she cannot participate due to her foot, Azarenka released a statement of apology to her fans for not being present at Doha.

“I am sorry I can’t make it to Doha for the Qatar Total Open, but unfortunately I haven’t been able to recover on time from my ongoing foot injury,” Azarenka said. “I am thankful to all my fans in Doha and I look forward to coming back next year. I wish the best of luck to the tournament and hope that fans enjoy watching the other players that will be coming to that great event.”

A sports related foot or ankle injury definitely keeps people out of the game.If you or a loved one has suffered a sports related foot or ankle injury, come see podiatrist Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot and Ankle. Dr. Crismali can treat the injury and help you work on rehabilitation.  

Sport Related Foot And Ankle Injuries 

Foot and ankle injuries are a common occurrence when it comes to athletes of any sport. While many athletes dismiss the initial aches and pains, the truth is that ignoring potential foot and ankle injuries can lead to serious problems. As athletes continue to place pressure and strain the area further, a mild injury can turn into something as serious as a rupture and may lead to a permanent disability. There are many factors that contribute to sports related foot and ankle injuries, which include failure to warm up properly, not providing support or wearing bad footwear. Common injuries and conditions athletes face, including:

• Plantar Fasciitis
• Plantar Fasciosis
• Achilles Tendinitis
• Achilles Tendon Rupture
• Ankle Sprains

Sports-related injuries are commonly treated using the RICE method. This includes rest, applying ice to the injured area, compression and elevating the ankle. More serious sprains and injuries may require surgery, which could include arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. Rehabilitation and therapy may also be required in order to get any recovering athlete to become fully functional again. Any unusual aches and pains an athlete sustains must be evaluated by a licensed, reputable medical professional.

If you have any questions, please contact our office which is located in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle problems.

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Utah Jazz's Derrick Favors (15) shoots as Indiana Pacers' Luis Scola (4) defends in the first half during an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, in Salt Lake City.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)Utah Jazz player Marvin Williams was experiencing pain in his heel during his team’s last game and was forced to sit out to avoid aggravating it.

The Jazz lost the game to the Pacers, perhaps due to Williams’ absence. Williams claimed that his pain was only in his heel, and wasn’t a symptom of the Achilles tendon injury which had been recovering from during the offseason.

"It's not my actual Achilles, which is good news,” he said. “It's just my heel. My heel is really inflamed right now. It's causing a lot of discomfort (and) putting a lot of pressure on my foot right now."

Depending on the cause, heel pain can be tough to deal with on your own. If you are experiencing pain in your heel, a podiatrist such as Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle may be able to help. Dr. Crismali can assess the problem you are having and determine what kind of care you need.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                 
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change          
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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Albert PujolsAlbert Pujols will be taking time off the field in order to focus on rehabilitating his partially torn plantar fascia before next year’s spring training. Medical staff from the LA Angels insisted that Pujols take time off and receive treatments to his foot for several months until he recovers.

 "It's not an easy decision, as competitive as I am," Pujols said at his locker before the Angels opened a series against Cleveland. "But I also understand that we (need) to look beyond the season." "It was a decision of the organization, Arte and Jerry, because I don't make a decision here," said Pujols, who had career lows of 17 homers and 64 RBI this year. "I put my uniform on and get ready to play.

Plantar Fasciitis can be painful and frustrating, especially when playing a completive sport. If you are currently experiencing pain in the ball of your foot or heels, where the plantar fascia is located, it is best to seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can examine your feet and work with you to provide an appropriate treatment option to ensure healing and recovery.

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
· Obesity
· Excessive running
· Poor foot support
· Overpronation

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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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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High Heel Foot ProblemsWe know the benefits of high heels. They make you taller and are usually the center of foot-related fashion for women. However according to writer Karen Appold of Lehigh Valley, PA, could these benefits be merely superficial?

According to Appold, high heels affect your body’s gravity and alignment impacting back and posture support. High heels can also place your foot and ankle to turn in an outward position, causing injury. Another reason according to Appold is that the back’s normal s-curve acts as a shock absorber, causing stress to be minimized on the vertebrae. High heel usage causes low-back spine flattening and displacement from the head and spine.

Wearing high heels can cause discomfort or difficulty in standing or walking, if you have concerns over the usage of high heels you should seek the aid of a podiatrist like Dr. Nicholas Crismali of Crismali Foot & Ankle. Dr. Crismali can provide you with more information on alternative footwear as well as further details on foot and ankle pain you may be experiencing from heels.

Wearing High Heels and How it Affects Feet

High heels affect what parts of the body?

· Joints in the Ankle
· Balls of the Feet
· Achilles Tendon
· Knees – heels cause the knees to bend constantly, creating stress on them
· Back – they decrease the spine’s ability to absorb shock, which may lead to back pain.  Also, the vertebrae of the lower back may compress.

What problems can arise from long term use of high heels?

· Calluses
· Corns
· Morton’s Neuroma
· Plantar Fasciitis
· Bunions
· Hammertoe

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If you have any questions, please contact our offices in Hesperia, CA. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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