Medical Monday: Plantar Fasciitis

From the WXOX news article:

…Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the ligament in the arch, caused by overuse. Every step you take aggravates the plantar fascia-the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes-making it difficult to heal.

Fortunately, most people find relief with relatively conservative treatments such as over-the-counter arch supports and anti-inflammatory medications. If these options aren’t successful, it’s appropriate to see a podiatrist and consider night splints, physical therapy, custom-made orthotics and corticosteroid injections.

If after six to nine months of unsuccessful podiatric treatment the pain is still there, surgery may become necessary. An endoscopic plantar fasciotomy (EPF) is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that lengthens and relieves the stress of the ligament in the heel. Only two tiny five-millimeter incisions are made on the side of the heel, and patients are usually back in their shoes in three days…

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