kevin-youkilisKevin Youkilis, former infielder for the Boston Red Sox, had to back out of his contract to play with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan due to a reoccurrence of his chronic plantar fasciitis. He had originally signed a deal to play for a full season, but as his foot pain became more and more severe he decided to make treatment his biggest priority.

"It was definitely a unique experience," Youkilis said. "It was fun being in a different culture, learning a new language.” The infielder was back in time to make a guest appearance during the Red Sox’s 2004 World Series anniversary celebration in Fenway Park.

Like in Youkilis’ case, plantar fasciitis can often flare up again if it’s not treated properly to begin with. To get quality medical attention for your plantar fasciitis, visit podiatrist Dr. James C. Ricketti, DPM of Hamilton Square. Dr. Ricketti can get you the care you need and help you make a speedy recovery.

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.

For more information contact our office, located in Hamilton Square, NJ. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle injuries.

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