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  • Writer's pictureDr. McHardy

Custom Orthotics, Foot Pain, and Planter Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis typically causes a stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot near the heel. The pain is usually the worst with the first few steps after awakening, although it can also be triggered by long periods of standing or when you get up after sitting. The pain is usually worse after exercise, not during it.

Ignoring plantar fasciitis may result in chronic heel pain that hinders your regular activities. Changing how you walk as a way to relieve plantar fasciitis pain might lead to foot, knee, hip or back problems.


Most people who have plantar fasciitis recover in several months with conservative treatment, including resting, icing the painful area and stretching.

If more-conservative measures aren't working after several months, your doctor might recommend:

· Injections - Injecting steroid medication into the tender area can provide temporary pain relief. Using ultrasound imaging, platelet-rich plasma obtained from the patient's own blood can be injected to promote tissue healing.

· Shock wave therapy - In this procedure, sound waves are directed at the area of heel pain to stimulate healing. It's usually used for chronic plantar fasciitis that hasn't responded to more-conservative treatments. Some studies show promising results, but it hasn't been shown to be consistently effective.

· Custom Orthotics (Long Term Help) - With advances in orthotics, Plantar Fasciitis can be treated with custom orthotics designed to suit both your activity and your respective shoes for an activity. The wear and tear on your feet vary depending on whether you are golfing or walking in high heels.

At Parkway Foot & Back Clinic we are able to fit your custom orthotics by an accredited professional.

Come in and see our Chiropodist Danielle Willis today and see how we can help with Plantar Fasciitis.


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