Newer Treatment Modalities for Plantar Fascia Inflammation (pain)

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammatory condition that effects the plantar fascia which is a thick band of tissue at the base of the foot that extends from the heel to the toes.

Pain at the base of the foot is the most common symptom. The pain is stabbing in nature and worse after awakening first thing in the morning.

Diagnose is mostly clinical,  but MRI can determine the cause of heel pain as well as ultrasound.
The usual treatments have traditionally been:

  • Physical therapy 
  • Medications(anti-inflammatory)
  • Splints
  • Arch support
  • Steroid injections
  • Surgery (in extreme cases)

More current treatments that have shown 
good success in alleviating pain and are:

  • PRP injections (ultrasound guided)
  • Low Intensity ExtraCorporeal Shock Wave Therapy 
  • Radiofrequency

The newer treatments reduce pain and help start the healing process as follows

PRP injections: 

PRP when injected into the body releases growth factors, In addition, PRP also has some anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory cytokines and interleukina The combination of these growth and anti-inflammatory components is necessary to initiate the healing stages and to reverse the degenerative process at the base of the plantar fascia.

Low Intensity ExtraCoropreal Shock Wave Therapy :

Works by releasing ultrasound waves that induce microtrauma to the tissue that is affected by these problems. This microtrauma initiates a healing response by the body. The healing response causes blood vessel formation and increased delivery of nutrients to the affected area. The microtrauma is thought to stimulate a repair process and relieve the symptoms of pain.

RadioFrequency treatment :

RF treatment helps break up scar tissue that has built up around the plantar fascia.

For more information please call our clinic at (703) 992-9815
Dr. Anteneh Roba

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