Treatment Triad for Plantar Fasciitis

Heel pain - getting the proper diagnosis

Heel pain
The first step in treating heel pain is finding out the cause of the problem.

I see many patients with heel pain in my practice as a San Antonio podiatrist, who have had the problem for months, if not years but have never had a well defined treatment plan.
Such treatment plan starts with an accurate diagnosis. Plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the ligament which supports that arch and originates on the heel bone is the most common cause of heel pain.  Other causes may include:...stress fractures of the heel bone (calcaneus), Baxter's neuritis - a nerve entrapment of a small nerve branch beneath the heel bone, plantar fasciosis - degenerative process of the plantar fascia, rheumatologic entities such as Reiter's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, psoriatic arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome, ankylosing spondylitis; chronic pain syndrome due to overuse of steroids (cortisone shots), plantar fascial tears, plantar fibromatosis, infections, tumors, cysts....Ed Davis, DPM, FACFAS


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