The New Year for many signifies a reset, a time when most create goals and long-term plans for self-improvement. Health and fitness come to mind especially as the self-indulgences of the holidays begin to take their toll. As people become more active, conditions such as Plantar Fasciitis become more prevalent in Podiatric physician and surgeon clinics.
Plantar Fasciitis is a condition that occurs when the plantar fascia, the ligament that runs across the bottom of the foot connecting the heel bone to the toes, becomes inflamed and often painful. Symptoms include heel pain that is worse the first few steps after waking up and after periods of rest. It can also cause redness and swelling at the inflammation site as well as persistent heat.
Most Podiatric physicians and surgeons typically include one or more of the following treatments:
- Oral or injectable anti-inflammatory medication
- Regenerative Medicine – Amniotic Injections
- Shockwave Therapy
- Stretching exercises and shoe recommendations
- Taping or Strapping
- Over the counter inserts
- Custom Orthotics
- Physical Therapy
- Surgery (in rare cases)
What can you do to achieve your health and fitness goals but remain pain-free? You can start with the correct shoe choice. It`s important to choose a shoe appropriate to your activity. The most important qualities to look for are a shoe with good shock absorbent soles, rigid shanks, and supportive heel counters. Custom orthotics are a wonderful preventative tool and can be placed in any athletic shoe. Also, don`t overlook the importance of proper stretching both before and after exercise. Lastly, listen to your body! Your body needs rest and good nutrition as much as it needs exercise. Pace yourself and don`t overdo it. For more information about Plantar Fasciitis including a suggested treatment plan, recommended billing codes, and supportive videos, visit Talar University– an education resource available exclusively to Talar Medical members.