Plantar Fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This occurs as the “fascia” (muscles, ligaments) across the bottom of the foot connects the heel bone to the toes. Plantar fasciitis has many signs and symptoms, including stabbing pain when walking, especially after more extended periods of rest. The most common symptom is immediate extreme pain after waking up in the morning, with the pain gradually decreasing throughout the day.
What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?
Causes range from identifiable issues to simple overuse. Most Americans will feel some heel pain throughout their lives. Those who are overweight, spend considerable time running, or are aging could experience more extreme pain in their ligaments.
How Is Plantar Fasciitis Treated?
There are not many at-home remedies that are used to treat Plantar Fasciitis. There are certain things you can do to relieve some of the pain, including
- Applying a cold, then hot, compress the area
- Light stretching
- Light movement every 15 minutes
- Resting the area when swollen or in pain
To tackle the root of the issue, three main techniques used by Dr. Lamour of Austin, TX are:
This is the least invasive procedure. The procedure involves using a “wand” device that delivers radiofrequency waves to the affected area. The energy that is created naturally stimulates circulation and healthy tissue repair.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is a naturally occurring substance found in your blood. A sample of your blood is processed and reinfected into the painful area. Over time, the injections help to promote natural healing within your body to regenerate the fascia.
Extracorporeal Shock Wave Treatment (ESWT)
Similar to TOPAZ, this therapy comprises waves of energy that are directed to the skin, which promotes a quick healing response. It is non-invasive and used to treat more milder issues.
Experienced Podiatrist in Austin, TX
Dr. Lamour is a licensed podiatrist who has dedicated his life to proper foot care for his patients. During your free consultation, he will be able to provide an appropriate course of action based on your unique situation.