5 Effective Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

5 Effective Treatments for Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common causes of heel pain, especially as you get older. The foot pain associated with plantar fasciitis — a condition that results in chronic inflammation of the tissues connecting your toes to the bone of your heel — can become intense and debilitating.

Luckily, you have plenty of effective treatment options. At Town Center Foot & Ankle of Kingwood and Atascocita, Texas, podiatrist Stephen “Dr. Ike” Eichelsdorfer, DPM, provides diagnosis and care services for new and existing patients dealing with plantar fasciitis pain.

Here are some of the plantar fasciitis treatment options available to our patients at Town Center Foot & Ankle.

Custom orthotics

Our in-office 3D camera scanner produces customized orthotics that support your foot, allowing your tissues to heal and recover from chronic inflammation. With the right orthotic support, your plantar fasciitis pain can be a thing of the past.

Extracorporeal shock wave therapy

You may be able to relieve your chronic plantar fasciitis pain with extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). This noninvasive treatment works by stimulating your nerves and vascular system. 

Multiple studies show that ESWT offers effective alternative treatment for plantar fasciitis pain and can relieve your heel pain without the inconvenience and invasiveness of surgical intervention.

Cortisone injections

We can also calm the chronic inflammation associated with plantar fasciitis with injections of cortisone medications. This option offers immediate relief, but you risk complications over time if you continue to rely exclusively with this treatment method. 

Cortisone injections offer you a chance to get ahead of your plantar fasciitis pain and get to work on dealing with the root cause.

Physical therapy and weight loss

If your feet are carrying too much weight or the muscles in your legs and hips aren’t doing enough to help, chronic pain and inflammation problems such as plantar fasciitis may result. You might be able to short-circuit the problem by changing your approach to health and wellness.

If you’re overweight or obese, losing weight takes pressure off your feet. We also offer in-office physical therapy that can help you build strength, stamina, and stability, preventing foot pain and helping you stay active.

Surgical treatment

In severe cases when more conservative treatment methods haven’t worked, you may need surgery for plantar fasciitis. In this procedure, Dr. Ike surgically releases your affected plantar fascia connective tissues, effectively ending your pain and inflammation symptoms.

To learn more about your full range of treatment options for plantar fasciitis and heel pain through Town Center Foot & Ankle, get in touch with Dr. Ike and our team today. You can schedule your initial consultation appointment over the phone, or request an appointment online now.

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