Although plantar fasciitis is common, the resulting heel pain can stop you in your tracks.
If you need relief from this painful condition, the podiatry specialists at San Antonio Podiatry Associates are here to help. With more than 145 years of combined experience, our team is equipped to provide you with an accurate diagnosis and the efficient, personalized treatment you need.
If you’re ready to treat your plantar fasciitis and live pain-free, schedule an appointment with us today!
For many patients, plantar fasciitis can be treated simply, using custom orthotics or simple changes in footwear. However, some people struggle with chronic plantar fasciitis that is unresponsive to other methods of treatment. In these cases, the team at San Antonio Podiatry will often recommend a cutting-edge technique called shockwave therapy.
Shockwave therapy is a non-invasive treatment that uses sound waves to stimulate healing in the plantar fascia. The sound waves are generated by a special machine and are delivered to the affected area through a handheld device. The sound waves cause tiny amounts of damage to the tissue, which triggers the body's healing response.
Shockwave therapy has been shown to be effective in treating plantar fasciitis, and can often provide relief when other methods have failed. The treatment is usually given three times per week for four to six weeks. Most patients experience a significant improvement in their symptoms after just a few sessions. If you’d like to learn more about shockwave therapy or discuss whether it’s the right solution for you, schedule an appointment with us today.
Plantar fasciitis is the most common diagnosis for heel pain which is caused by inflammation of the tissue connecting your heel bone to your toes. The telltale symptom of plantar fasciitis is a sharp, stabbing pain, usually at its worst when you first wake up and sometimes aggravated by long periods of standing.
Patients who are “hard on their feet” and prone to overuse, such as runners and service workers, are exceptionally at risk for developing plantar fasciitis. Wearing shoes without proper support can also increase your risk, as can being overweight or having exceptionally high arches or flat feet.
Plantar fasciitis will often go away on its own; however, your feet may take between six weeks and 12 months to heal. If your symptoms are severe, your podiatrist may recommend physical therapy, steroid injections, or custom orthotics to protect your feet from further damage. Additionally, you may consider some alternative treatment options, especially if your plantar fasciitis flare-ups become chronic. At San Antonio Podiatry, we recommend extracorporeal shockwave therapy(opens in a new tab) for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, as well as muscle-regenerative options such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections or amniotic injections into the foot.
If you believe you may be suffering from plantar fasciitis, you can begin by resting the affected foot and applying ice to reduce inflammation. Over-the-counter pain relievers can also help reduce pain, as can plantar fasciitis treatment exercises such as calf stretches, Achilles tendon stretches and stretches for the bottom of your foot.