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College basketball: Michigan State vs. PortlandAtlanta Hawks’ rookie Adreian Payne recently missed the season opening game due to his second battle with plantar fasciitis. While enrolled at Michigan State during his senior year, the forward initially discovered he had the same issue in his left foot.

Payne has already missed two games this season due to the foot injury and states, “It’s something that the coaching staff is trying to manage before it gets bad.”  Plantar fasciitis occurs when the tissues that run from the bottom of the foot to the heel become inflamed. Payne is currently working with the coaching staff to rest and rehabilitate his foot in order to prevent any further injury.  

If you have plantar fasciitis, it’s important to get plenty of rest to ensure a full recovery. For help with your heel pain, contact one of our podiatrists of The Foot and Ankle Associates of North Carolina, PLLC. Our doctors will provide you with the best treatment available to make sure you get back on your feet.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis refers to heel and arch pain caused by an inflammation of the connective tissues on the bottom of the foot.

What Causes Plantar Fasciitis?

·         Ill-fitting shoes

·         Weight change

·         Excessive running

·         Non-supportive shoes

·         Overpronation

How Can It Be Treated?

  • Conservative measures – anti-inflammatories, ice packs, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices. 
  • Shockwave therapy – sends sound waves to the areas where pain is experience.  Requires multiple sessions.  This is used for very persistent cases of plantar fasciitis. 
  • Ultrasound-guided technique with steroid injections into the plantar fascia.  This is from a relatively new and small study, but was shown to be effective in most cases treated.

New Studies on Treatment

According to groundbreaking treatment option studies, Luca M. Sconfienza, M.D. says that ultrasound with steroid injections was effective in over 95% of cases that involve plantar fasciitis. This process involves anesthesia and is a single process, out-patient treatment that was discovered to be highly effective. Luca M. Sconfienza M.D. presented her study at an annual meeting for the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Be sure to speak with your podiatrist about different methods that can be used, as well as finding out what treatment options they offer.

If you have any questions, please contact one of our offices located in North Carolina. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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