The Plantar Fascia is the band of tissue that connects your heel bone to the toes and support the shape of the foot and the arch. Plantar Fasciitis is caused by inflammation or irritation in this part of the foot and is one of the most common causes of foot and heel pain. The pain is usually caused by poor shoes, weight gain, over activity, athletics like running, or flat feet.
If a person’s plantar fasciitis is new, treatment options generally include the use of an over the counter anti-inflammatory medication, resting the foot, self-massage or using a roller, stretching, or splinting for support.
If these methods do not alleviate the pain or if pain is persistent, James L. Carlisle, MD may decide to try an injection of steroid or other medication.
During the procedure, a thin needle is used to deliver medication directly to the area of plantar fasciitis and nearby tissue. The injection takes only a few minutes and the area will first be numbed using a local anesthetic. Because of the use of local anesthetic, some patients find their pain is immediately gone – it does return however when the numbing agent wears off.
Patients can expect their pain from plantar fasciitis relieved within three days of the injection and results usually last three to six months.
Contact Omega Rehabilitation and Spine today. James L. Carlisle, MD can evaluate and help plan effective treatment for occasional or chronic pain. If pain is a persistent or long-lasting problem in your everyday life, you shouldn’t wait a minute longer. Call today.