Plantar Fasciitis and its Many Causes

Plantar Fasciitis and its Many Causes

physicianUN Oriental Medical Clinic physician, Lee Sung-hun estimates that plantar fasciitis occurs in nearly one in ten people. Most often causes can include a change in hormone levels, frequently performing activities that place stress on your heels, and pregnancy. Sung-hun suggests that the condition is extremely common and often occurs due to poor habits.

Sung-hun treats plantar fasciitis using many techniques that are popular in Oriental medicine such as moxibustion, acupuncture, and bee venom. The Oriental Medical Clinic Physician also mentions that over time, people with plantar fasciitis will recover in a few months.

Plantar Fasciitis can develop if you are putting a lot of strain on certain areas of your feet. If you suspect you might have this condition, you might want to talk to podiatrist Dr. Donald C. Stran of Texas. Dr. Stran will analyze the severity of your injury and treat your strained plantar fascia to the best of his abilities.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Weight change
  • Excessive running
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices.
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis.
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, contact one of our offices located in Friendswood, TX; Missouri City, TX; and Lake Jackson, TX. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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