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Plantar fasciitis

What is plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis means inflammation of the plantar fascia. This is a strong band of tissue that stretches from your heel to the middle bones in your foot. Its function is to support the arch of the foot and it also act as a shock-absorber. Repeated small injuries to the fascia are thought to be the cause of plantar fasciitis. The injury is usually near to where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone.

How do we treat plantar fasciitis at the Mansfield Clinic?

Plantar fasciitis can be very painful and debilitating, especially if it occurs in both heels at the same time. Effective treatment involves a combination of advice about footwear and specialised heel pads, exercises and painkillers. Very often, this will need to be combined with localised steroid injections around the tender spot in the heel. Dr Allfree uses a technique for this that makes the injection as comfortable as possible.

Occasionally, if steroid injections do not give complete relief, plantar fasciitis can be treated with autologous blood injections, or a revolutionary treatment called Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT)

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