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Dx Plantar Fasciosis Treatments:

Plantar Fasciosis

The Merck Manual Home Edition states:
"Plantar fasciosis can develop in people who have sedentary lifestyles, wear high-heeled shoes, have unusually high or low arches in the feet, or have tight calf muscles or a tight Achilles tendon (which attaches the calf muscles to the heel bone). Sedentary people are usually affected when they suddenly increase their level of activity or wear less supportive shoes such as sandals or flip-flops. Plantar fasciosis is also common among runners and dancers because of increased stress on the fascia, especially if the person also has poor foot posture. The development of this painful disorder occurs more often in people whose occupations involve standing or walking on hard surfaces for prolonged periods. Disorders that may cause or aggravate plantar fasciosis are obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and other types of arthritis. The doctor makes the diagnosis by examining the foot.
Plantar fasciosis is pain originating from the dense band of tissue called the plantar fascia that extends from the bottom of the heel bone to the base of the toes (ball of the foot).

*The connective tissue between the heel and ball of the foot may become damaged and painful.
*Pain, which is often worse when first bearing weight in the morning and after periods of rest, is felt at the bottom of the heel.
*Stretches, applying ice, changing footwear, wearing devices inside the shoe that cushion, support, and elevate the heel, and sometimes corticosteroid injections can help.

Medications Used in Treatment:
1. Corticosteroid injections
2. Surgical release: foot surgery
3. Alternative therapy

Suggested Links
*N.H.S. Choices (with Video)

*Alternative, non-surgical treatment for Plantar Fasciosis is explained in detail at this Mayo site with shock therapy.
*Runners' simple preventative techniques.

*[Editor] I have used a tennis ball and while standing pushed my foot against the ball, rolling it around, to stretch the bottom of my foot. I found that the search for 'spiked ball for plantar fascitis' produced a hard softball sized product that worked well. I also took systemic enymes, such as Wobenzym. Reference a supporting article.
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