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Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

We use the term plantar fasciitis and heel spur interchangeably for heel type pain. These conditions are caused when we walk or run. In this case the arch flattens to absorb the stress of walking or running, putting stress on the fascia and pulling away of the heel bone.

Plantar Fasciitis usually takes years to develop and is caused by stress on the heel area over time. This pain can be caused by the bone, fascia, or heel nerve. One of the leading causes of heel pain is poorly fitting shoes. It is important to make sure that all of your shoes fit well.

At the start of treatment for plantar fasciitis, it is important to support the arch with an OTC arch support—wrapping the arch with disposable wraps or coban. When treating long term, custom orthotics are usually the best choice.

Plantar Fasciitis is usually centrally located on the heel or arch and it is strongest early in the morning, or whenever you wake up. Heel pain can be treated with a conservative approach in 98% of all cases—usually with minimally invasive injections at the point of pain.