Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common and most bothersome types of heel pain a person can experience. According to WebMD,
“The plantar fascia is the flat band of tissue (ligament) that connects your heel bone to your toes. It supports the arch of your foot. If you strain your plantar fascia, it gets weak, swollen, and irritated (inflamed). Then your heel or the bottom of your foot hurts when you stand or walk.”
Injuring, straining or overusing the ligament that supports your arch causes plantar fasciitis. There is a number of different ways you can strain this ligament. Here are a few common causes:
- Having high arches or flat feet
- Running for long periods of time on hard surfaces.
- Standing for long periods of time
- Wearing shoes that don’t fit properly
- Tight calf muscles
- Your feel roll inward when you walk
I personally experiences plantar fasciitis when I was learning how to jog. I violated a few rules that most likely led to the heel pain. I never jogged before in my life so I most likely had tight calf muscles. I wasn’t wearing proper running shoes, I was running on hard pavement and I was running for long periods of time.
The heel pain set in gradually for me. The first time I noticed the pain it didn’t stop me from any daily activities, including running. A few days later the pain became more and more noticeable. By the second week I was experiencing excruciating pain anytime I would walk. The pain took much longer to fade away than set in. From the time I first felt any pain until the time there was no pain at all it was about 10 weeks.
Thankfully for me I didn’t have to see a doctor, take any medications or go through surgery. I rested the ligament, took some time off of running and the pain went away by itself. However this is not the case for everyone. Some people need to seek medical attention.
Cortisone Injection for Plantar Fasciitis
Sometimes rest, stretching and anti-inflammatories aren’t enough for plantar fasciitis. When those methods don’t work the next step is to take a steroid injecting into the affected area.
Cortisone shots are injections into the affected area that will help relieve inflammation and pain, which are causing to the heel pain. According to the mayoclinic.org, “Cortisone shots usually include a corticosteroid medication and a local anesthetic. In many cases, cortisone shots can be administered in your doctor’s office. However, the number of cortisone shots you can receive in one year generally is limited because of potential side effects from the medication.”
This drug is considered to be a “wonderful-fearful drug”. The cortisone provides will allow the ligament to return to normal function. However, for many people they become dependent on the shot. The cortisone doesn’t heal your ligament, which is what you need. The cortisone essentially masks the problem short term. With this being said A cortisone injection may not be the best option.
Surgery For Plantar Fasciitis
For some patients even with at home remedies and cortisone shots the pain still persists. Unfortunately many people in this situation turn to surgery to relieve their heel pain. According to WebMD you may need surgery if,
- You continue to have severe, disabling symptoms despite careful attention to home and other nonsurgical treatment.
- You have had symptoms for at least 6 to 12 months.
- You are an athlete and symptoms are affecting your performance or ability to take part in a reasonable athletic program.
- Your ability to work is limited despite nonsurgical treatment.
Just like any type of surgery this should be a last resort. According to the source this type of surgery doesn’t have a very high success rate. WebMD says that the surgery is very invasive and 1 out of 4 still have pain after the surgery.
For such an invasive surgical procedure, it would be nice if the success rate was higher than 1 out of 4. The last option, stem cell therapy may be an alternative to surgical procedures.
Stem Cell Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis
According to webpronews.com, an online news source, Stem Cell Therapy is the first real solution to Plantar Fasciitis. Stem cell therapy doesn’t just cover up the pain, temporarily relieve the pain or alter the tendon through surgery to relieve the pain. Stem cell therapy actually heals the affected area. Webpronews says,
“Traditional treatments for the debilitating injury have offered some relief in recent years through the use of physical therapy, NSAIDS, and steroid injections. However, these types of pain relief develop slowly over time, and are not an effective way to truly treat the problem. Stem cell therapy is going beyond these typical treatments, treating the root cause of the issue, and are often able to alleviate pain more quickly and with longer-lasting results.”
Stem Cell Professionals in York, PA
The Stem Cell Professionals in York, PA may be able to treat your plantar fasciitis! Webpronews.com mentioned that stem cell therapy offers a true solution to your plantar fasciitis heel pain and we have the capabilities.
Stem cells exist in everyone. However, as we age the stem cells in our body lose there vitality (healing abilities) which is why we only use donated, amniotic stem cells. Stem cells have healing properties and can regrow and heal affected areas of the body. If you have plantar fasciitis you have an injured tendon on the bottom of your foot. An injection of stem cells may have the ability to heal you faster and more efficiently than over the counter medications, home remedies, steroid injections and surgery.
If you are interested in learning more please call the Stem Cell Professionals in York, Pa today! (717)-881-2343
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Webpronews.com Staff . (2013, December 29). PLANTAR FASCIITIS NOW BEING TREATED WITH STEM CELLS [News Article] Retrieved from: http://www.webpronews.com/plantar-fasciitis-now-being-treated-with-stem-cells-2013-12/