Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

Treatment for Plantar fasciitis generally is directly related to how quickly the ailment is diagnosed. Normally this ailment is treated for 6 to 18 months. There are many methods of treatment for plantar fasciitis such as rest, ice treatments after activities, stretching, night splints, P.F. shoes, orthotics, anti- inflammatory use, iontophorisis, corticosteroid injections, and finally surgery.

Plantar fasiitisWhen plantar fasciitis is diagnosed early, rest from activities is the most effective and least imposing treatment available. This requires the patient to curtail all unnecessary use of the foot ( or feet) that is effected. This allows the affected area to recover at a natural pace. This the best method but requires very little movement and is not always able to be achieved with the patients active schedules.

Treatments For Plantar Fasciitis

Ice treatments are recommended to most patients for the reduction of swelling in the Plantar area. This is effective for pain relief and the inflammation. Most physicians recommend use of a ice compress to the Plantar area for 15 to 20 minutes after exercise or prolonged use of the feet. Ice bathes are also used, but you should be careful to only soak the heel area as to not incur exposure symptoms.

Stretching treatments are especially useful when first waking up in the morning, and immediately after exercise. Using anything to bring the big toe upward to the shin area is going to stretch the Achilles area and the Plantar area. Stretching exercises can be recommended by a Podiatrist, and can be as simple as picking coins up off the floor. When using stretching along with other treatments correction of this ailment is achievable.

Night Splints use the act of stretching the affective area while sleeping. This is very helpful for the patient because most of the pain involved occures with the first steps of the morning. While these splints are very useful for the ailment, the down side is they are not very comfortable to sleep in. The trade off will be that most people will find relief with this method of treatment.

Shoes can be a significant relief for Plantar fasciitis. Most people by shoes purely for style, not for usefulness. In most cases people buy shoes that are too small for their feet. This does not allow the foot to maintain a natural position. Athletes and runners that suffer from Plantar fasciitis usually get great relief from purchasing new shoes. This is due to the break down of material in the sole of the shoe. Patients should purchase shoes that have a thicker and well cushioned mid sole arch support. Most good running shoes have these positive qualities. It is important to buy shoes for their effectiveness rather than style, and always get your shoes fitted properly.

Orthotics are a very useful method of treatment. Orthotics include formed arch support and heel cups. Many sufferers of Plantar Fasciitis have low or flat feet. When the arch of the foot is flattened there is less cushion to protect the Plantar area. When the Orthotics is used with other treatments, there is a greater likelihood of success.

Anti- inflammatory use is very effective with other methods of treatment. The ease of a oral medication along with stretching or other treatment can be the answer to the patients problem. You should be aware there can also be stomach problems incurred when using these medications.

Iontophorisis is a electric impulse treatment. The corticosteroid is injected into the effected area by use of the electric impulse. This is a very expensive procedure that can only be administered by a professional. This method has really good short term recovery results, but in the long run is about like any other. This method is usually reserved to professional athletes or someone that needs to have immediate results.

Corticosteroid injections, is the injection of steroids into the effected area. This method has its ups and downs, and should be given lots of consideration before choosing. There should be x rays taken to ensure there is not a tumor in the area. An injection can cause a rupture of the Fascia area. However, the success ratio of patients is very good, and the cost is minimal.

Surgery is the last and most radical treatment for this ailment. Most of the time surgery will eliminate the pain, but the patient is then susceptible to other foot problems. With out the Fascia intact, the foot has not support in the Plantar region. Be aware of these possible problems and ask your doctor before having surgery.