Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis
The bottom of your foot has a thick tissue on it known as the plantar fascia. This attaches your toes and heel bone creating the arch you have on your foot. When this thick tissue becomes inflamed or swollen, it is referred to as plantar fasciitis. When you start having problems with your feet or experience heel pain, it can affect your overall well-being, since your feet are the entire foundation of your body. Visiting us here at Columbia Foot Health Clinic could be your answer as we understand your plantar fasciitis pain and help you to feel better.

Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis
Mild cases of plantar fasciitis can be treated successfully at home. More moderate to severe cases and chronic plantar fasciitis conditions benefit from medical treatments.

Home Treatments
Our podiatrist in Richland, WA, Dr. Darian VanGorkum, DPM, FACFAS initially has you apply ice at home for around 20 minutes 3 to 4 times a day to reduce your inflammation. You might have to reduce or change your strenuous exercise activities, and instead perform foot exercises to stretch your plantar fascia.

Medical Treatments
If you experience pain for over three weeks, Dr. VanGorkum treats it with things like:
  • Foot Taping
  • Orthotics
  • Night Splints
  • Cortisone Injections
  • Anti-Inflammatories
These types of treatments have been shown to decrease symptoms effectively; however, if you have a stubborn case, you might need physical therapy or shock-wave therapy which is a plantar fasciitis treatment that is FDA approved.

For cases that don't respond to the above care, surgical release of the plantar fascia can be considered. 

Contact us today at 509-946-7602 to learn how Dr. VanGorkum can help treat and eliminate your plantar fasciitis so you can go back to being pain free.