Plantar Fasciitis injuries affect both seasoned athletes and every day people that are simply on their feet all day. It is a condition where thick connective tissue that supports the arch on the bottom of the foot, running from heel bone forward to the ball of the foot, becomes inflamed. The reason for inflammation is repeated trauma from overuse or injury. A previous ankle injury may also lead to Plantar Fasciitis strain, as the instability of a loose ankle can put additional pressure on the foot.
The symptoms can start right at the beginning of the day. Some patients cannot even get out of bed, as the burning sensation in the middle of their foot makes it too difficult to stand. Traditional treatments, such as stretching exercises and ice treatments can help, and cortisone injections can reduce inflammation temporarily. The problem is that symptoms often return in a high percentage of patients. Fortunately, there is an approach to treating the Plantar Fasciitis that can help the tissue to actually heal, and provide permanent relief.
How to identify Plantar Fasciitis
There are many conditions that can cause pain similar to a Plantar Fasciitis injury, including Achilles tendon injuries, lumbar radiculopathy, stress fractures, bursitis, contusions and Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome. To correctly identify the condition, a careful exam is performed to isolate the problem area. This can be confirmed with MRI and ultrasound. We will also check the condition of the ankle, as these problems tend to be very closely related.
The Process for Treating a Plantar Fasciitis Injury
While treatments such as foot bracing, strapping and cortisone injections can provide some relief, the best way to actually heal the injury and provide long-lasting improvement is through biologic regenerative treatments such as Platelet Rich Plasma, as well as for actual tears in the plantar fascia, stem cell therapy has proven to be a viable treatment.
If you suffer with this painful condition and want avoid invasive surgeries, please contact Miami Stem Cell www.stemcellmia.com or call us for a free evaluation (305) 598-7777.