Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. This tissue is called the plantar fascia. It connects the heel bone to the toes and creates the arch of the foot. This can be painful and make walking more difficult. Standing up first thing in the morning can be unbearably painful.
Symptoms can consist of dull or sharp pain, along with stiffness in the bottom of the foot. It may develop slowly or come on suddenly after intense activity. You may notice symptoms after a recent weight gain. Also if you are currently obese you are at risk. Shoes with poor arch support or soft soles can increase your risk of developing plantar fasciitis.
Dr. Coogan will perform a physical examination and prescribe a treatment plan that includes self help techniques for you to utilize.
General Treatment can include:
- Apply ice to the painful area. Do this at least twice a day for 10-15 minutes, more often in the first days
- Heel stretching exercises
- Resting the foot as much as possible
- Wearing shoes with good support and cushions
Other steps to relieve pain include:
- Adjustments to your spine if beneficial
- Various in-office therapies that may include cold laser therapy, along with bio-electrical current (Interferential and Thera-stim)
- Nighttime useage of a Strassburg sock to stretch the injured fascia
If these treatments do not work, he may recommend:
- Custom made shoe inserts (orthotics)
- Visiting a pain management clinic or podiatrist
Dr. Coogan has over 25 years of successfully treating patients with Plantar Fasciitis. His approach to healing relies on clear communication between you and him. Please discuss any concerns you may have with him.