Below are listed a number of recent news articles about Plantar Fasciitis and how to find relief.
Tips and Tricks - Plantar Fasciitis
This is an interesting article and video on a New York-based online newspaper with some useful tips and tricks to help ease the pain caused by Plantar Fasciitis.
How to prevent Plantar Fasciitis
This Physiotherapy blog gives some good advice on how to prevent Plantar Fasciitis in the gym.
How to buy the best running shoes
This Fox News article gives some great advice of what to look for when buying new running shoes , and how this can help prevent foot problems such as plantar fasciitis.
How long does the Cortisone last?
While each patient is different, cortisone injections usually last around 3 weeks. In most cases, however, the shots can last for up to 3 months. While the cortisone shots are surely an option, you must be your own advocate. This includes frequent visits to the podiatrist to monitor any changes in pain management. You must also notify your physician if the pain returns at mild to excruciating levels. Your foot specialist will continue to work in pinpointing the exact causes of your foot discomfort. This can include stress, along with obesity and especially injuries related to sports or even walking. The ultimate goal in using cortisone shots is to reduce the pain, swelling, and inflammation associated with PF. If after 3 weeks you still see no significant change, your podiatrist will evaluate the situation and recommend further steps to be taken (. orthotic therapy and/or taping )
Interesting that you don’t mention what I find to be the #1 cause of plantar fascitis. It is trigger points in the soleus muscle which cannot be stretched in the same manner that is used to stretch the other calf muscle (the gastrocnemius). You can work the foot and heeel all day long and not resolve the problem until you get rid of the triggr points in the soleus and learn how to stretch it properly.
I am a massage therapist and you don’t even mention seeing this group of professionals who can be very helpful in working with someone. Massage the calf; do NOT massage the foot. Once you have gotten rid of the trigger points and gotten the calf muscles in good shape you can then massage the foot…..but chances are you wont’ need to. It will have become a non-issue.