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Plantar Fasciitisin Phoenix, AZ

TREATMENT OPTIONS

  • Rest
  • Gentle foot stretches or functional mobility exercises
  • Ice therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Over the counter pain medication to reduce pain
  • Night splints, air cast, or walking boot
  • Orthotics
  • Steroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy: sound waves directed at foot pain to stimulate healing
  • Ultrasonic tissue repair: uses ultrasound imaging to guide a needlelike probe into damaged plantar fascia tissue before rapidly vibrating to break up damaged tissue, which is suctioned out
  • Surgery

Your healthcare professional may ask you to lose weight in conjunction with other treatment options to help reduce the pressure the excess weight places on the plantar aponeurosis.

Additional Reading

You can prevent the development of plantar fasciitis to some degree by making lifestyle changes, such as:

  • Substituting high impact exercise for low-impact activities, such as swimming or biking
  • Wearing supporting shoes
  • Replacing athletic shoes before they become unsupportive
    • Experts recommend you change your running shoes every 450-550 miles, but this distance may vary depending on the terrain you run on, your running style, your build, and your weight.
  • Limit the length of time you wear high heeled shoes

SYMPTOMS

  • Stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot, closer to the heel
  • Pain increases after long periods of rest
  • Pain increases while resting after exercise or activity

CAUSES

Increased tension and stress on the plantar fascia causes plantar fasciitis.

Researchers continue to study what exactly causes this and why the inflammation occurs in some people but not others. Some researchers theorize the inflammation may be more related to the body’s natural degeneration as you age. Certain factors may increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • Age
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Prolonged periods of walking or standing on hard surfaces
  • Certain types of exercise, such as long-distance running or ballet
  • Foot mechanics, such as a high arch or abnormal walking pattern
  • Obesity

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Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.