Avoiding the doctor is the wrong way to cut costs

In today’s economy, everyone is trying to save a dollar.  But avoiding the doctor is not a wise way to save money.  When it comes to health issues, early treatment is pivotal.  Plantar fasciitis is one of those issues, and avoiding the doctor can cause longstanding problems. 

Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of strong fibrous tissue that connects the bone in your heel to your toes and covers the arch of your foot.  Plantar fasciitis is common in all ages, sexes and ethnic groups.  It is thought that as much as 10 percent of people in America suffer with episodes of heel pain, and plantar fasciitis is the most common cause.  Are you on your feet all day on hard surfaces?  Are you an athlete in serious training?  Do you have flat or high arched feet?  Have you had recent or long term weight gain?  If your heel pain coincides with these scenarios, you may have plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fascial inflammation causes pain underneath the heel that radiates along the arch of the foot and back to the inside (medial) part of your heel and foot.  Pain is often worse when walking after rest or walking when you first get out of bed.

Most people start by using over-the-counter inserts or heel pads and resting the foot when problems arise.  If these simple measures don’t work, it is important to see a doctor to set up a treatment plan.  If the inflammation continues and worsens, scar tissue can build up.  As this builds, the fascia becomes weaker and more susceptible to tearing or long term heel pain/irritation.  Sometimes surgery is the only cure if there is too much damage to the tissue.  

At the Kentucky Heel Pain Center, we provide a treatment program for all degrees of plantar fasciitis and a time frame that should provide healing based on the treatment.  These range from stretching exercises, shoe modifications and RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) therapy to night splints, injections, and surgery.  Our ultrasound machine lets you see the inflammation and shows the reduction/healing on future visits. We have a variety of treatment steps for each specific person.  So make an appointment us and we can work together to get you back on your feet!

 

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