Non-Invasive Medical Procedures to Heal Foot Injury
If you’re experiencing a stabbing or shooting pain on the bottom of your foot, at the heel end, chances are you’re suffering from plantar fasciitis, a condition that afflicts about 10 percent of people at some time in their lives. Often, your doctor will recommend surgery, but that may not be necessary. The surgical repair of plantar fasciitis can involve an extensive recovery period and have permanent side effects. There are non-surgical alternatives that can be highly effective.
What Is Plantar Fasciitis?
Your plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that connects your heel bone to your toes. When that tissue becomes inflamed, you are suffering from plantar fasciitis. Most of the pain associated with plantar fasciitis comes after a period of rest, including sitting or sleeping, as tissue and muscles tighten up. You may also experience discomfort if you stand for long periods of time.
What Are the Common Causes of Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis stems from an inflammation of the plantar fascia. That inflammation, however, may be caused by a wide variety of factors:
- Overuse of the foot muscles—Plantar fasciitis can be more prevalent in people who engage in activities that involve repetitive foot motion, such as running, tennis and similar sports
- The structure or shape of your foot may make you more susceptible to plantar fasciitis
- The type of shoes you wear can cause inflammation of the plantar fascia
- Too much body weight can contribute to plantar fasciitis
- Standing, walking or running on certain surfaces can cause or exacerbate plantar fasciitis
Non-Surgical Treatment of Plantar Fasciitis
The type of non-surgical procedure that will be most effective will often depend on the underlying issues causing the inflammation. Your doctor should initially conduct a gait evaluation to determine if hip, knee or ankle issues are contributing to your injury. You may also have a pelvic tilt or lower back problems that are causing the plantar fasciitis. In those circumstances, the most effective approach will typically be chiropractic care or physical therapy to correct posture issues and strengthen your muscles.
Other non-invasive tools that can help alleviate the discomfort of plantar fasciitis include:
- Braces or wraps that limit movement of your foot
- Therapeutic injections to increase blood blow and reduce tension in the plantar fascia
Contact Core Medical Center Today
Take action today to deal with the pain of plantar fasciitis. At Core Medical Center, with offices in Blue Springs, Missouri, we offer non-surgical treatment options to alleviate the discomfort of inflamed plantar fascia. To learn more, contact us online or call our offices at (816) 427-0201.