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Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis

Conservative Treatment Options for Heel Pain

Plantar-Fasciitis_reducedPlantar fasciitis is typically caused by inflammation of the Plantar Fascia band that extends from the heel to the toes. The pain seems to be worse immediately when you get out of bed in the morning and after periods of rest. At Heel Pain Center of America, a specialty center within American Foot and Leg Specialists, we can recommend the best options for treatment of your condition.

Conservative treatment is usually a combination of the following options:

Stretching:

Before getting out of bed, before your feet touch the floor, use a Thera-Band resistance band for stretching. Place the Thera-Band around the ball of your foot and pull toward you to stretch the arch of your foot. Hold this position for 20 seconds. Release and repeat this 10 times each morning. This exercise is recommended to be performed 2-3 times during the day. Your physician at Heel Pain Center of Atlanta may also recommend that you wear a Night Splint while you sleep through the night.

Icing:

Every evening take a chilled or frozen foot roller which may be prescribed, and roll your foot over the cylinder on the floor. The contour of the roller matches the contour of your arch. Do this for 20 minutes every evening. Make sure you wear a sock to protect your skin.

BioFreeze:

A lotion like substance which helps to provide instant topical pain relief. Massage the BioFreeze into the heel area up to 4 times daily.

Anti-Inflammatory Medication:

Please alert your physician at Heel Pain Center of Atlanta if you have a sensitive stomach or any allergies to this type of medication. Medications should be taken with food. Continue to take your medication until you see your physician on the next visit.

Injections:

The injection, typically a steroid, acts like a “super anti-inflammatory” and decreases the swelling quickly. A low dye strapping of the foot may be used with injection

Airheel:

Using two interconnected aircells located under the foot arch and in back of the heel, the AirHeel applies pulsating compression with every step to help reduce swelling and discomfort, and enhance circulation. Just slip it on like a sock and adjust the fit with one strap.

Orthotics:

When you walk, the arch height decreases, putting additional stress on the Plantar Fascia ligament. By supporting the arch, the pain is relieved because the ligament is no longer under stress.