Episode 2: PLANTAR FASCIITIS
Anatomy - The plantar fascia is made up of 3 distinct parts: the medial, central, and lateral bands on the bottom of the foot.
There are many treatment options when patient experience heel pain.
Rest and activity modification, although helpful may not be practical, particularly for more active individuals and for those whose jobs require standing.
Physical Therapy or home stretching is the initial physical treatment for plantar fasciitis that emphasizes stretching of the calf and foot.
NSAIDs or Corticosteroids (anti-inflammatory medications) are frequently used to treat plantar fasciitis. Corticosteroids can be administered either orally or via injections.
Orthotics help support the arch and limit the motion the foot experiences.
A fasciotomy in some cases surgery may be required. A plantar fascia release provides significantly improved outcomes for patients with severe symptoms.