Plantar Fasciitis Treatment Los Angeles – Heel Pain Beverly Hills
Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain in the United States with over 2 million patients seeking treatment for this condition in the last year alone according to statistics published by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). Plantar fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia, the strong band of tissue that supports the arch of your foot, becomes irritated and inflamed as shown in the image below provided by the AAOS. As a result of the inflammation your heel may hurt, feel hot, swell or turn red.
Plantar Fasciitis – Causes and Risk Factors:
- You are female
- You are overweight
- You have a job that requires a lot of walking or standing on hard surfaces
- You are a runner or participate in high activity sports
- You have tight calf muscles that limit how far you can flex your ankles
- You have very flat feet or very high arches
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Plantar Fasciitis – Symptoms:
- Pain on the bottom of the foot near the heel
- Pain with the first few steps after getting out of bed in the morning,
- Pain after a long period of standing or sitting.
- Pain that eases after a few minutes of walking
- Pain that is intense after (not during) exercise or activity
- Pain that affects just one foot (rarely it can occur in both feet at the same time)
- Pain that feels like you are being stabbed in the heel of your foot
Plantar Fasciitis – Diagnosis by Dr. Jamshidinia in Los Angeles:
- When it started
- Where it’s located
- What makes it worse
- What makes it better
- What activities you do
- Past Injuries
- Muscle strength
- Muscle tone
- Senses of touch and sight
- MRI- can show an impinged nerve or stress fracture
- XRay- can show a bone spur that is causing heel pain
Plantar Fasciitis Treatment at Tower Foot and Ankle in Los Angeles:
Non-Surgical Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis:
Surgical Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis:
Plantar Fascia Stretching Exercises:
- Cross your affected leg over your other leg.
- Using the hand on your affected side, take hold of your affected foot and pull your toes back towards shin. This creates tension/stretch in the arch of the foot/plantar fascia.
- Check for the appropriate stretch position by gently rubbing the thumb of your unaffected side left to right over the arch of the affected foot. The plantar fascia should feel firm, like a guitar string.
- Hold the stretch for a count of 10. A set is 10 repetitions.