heel-painPoor habits such as wearing high-heels for long hours can place great stress on the feet, which often results to plantar fasciitis or heel pain. UN Oriental Medical Clinic physician Lee Sung-hun believes that heel spurs, or plantar fasciitis, comes as a result of these instances among other factors.

According to National Health Insurance Service statistics, plantar fasciitis occurs more frequently among females than males. Women from their 30s to the 50s form the largest group. Engaging in heavy physical activity, pregnancy, and hormonal changes are said to be common causes of the illness. Sung-hun states that in Oriental medicine, acupuncture, bee venom, and moxibustion are used to treat plantar fasciitis, but also says that, given enough time, the condition will go away on its own.

Plantar fasciitis is a condition that frequently occurs in athletes or those who put a lot of stress on their feet. If you suspect you may have plantar fasciitis, seek a podiatrist like Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti can diagnose all your foot and ankle related concerns.

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.

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