Archive for the 'Heel Pain & Fasciitis' Category

Plantar Fasciitis or Fasciosis

Plantar fasciitis (Plan – TAR fash – ee – I – tis) is the medical term used to describe the most common cause of heel pain. Plantar means bottom of the foot. Fascia is defined as a band of connective tissue, similar in composition to a ligament, which sits below the skin and separates different [...]

How Night Splints Help Treat Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is the tearing, inflammation and subsequent degeneration of the plantar fascia, a broad ligament-type structure which extends across the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia supports the arch and increases the rigidity of the foot, aiding the calf muscles in propelling the body forward during walking. Excess stress on the plantar fascia [...]

Plantar Fasciitis: What is REALLY Happening in Your Heel

What is Plantar Fasciitis? Plantar fasciitis is the most common cause of heel pain. This condition is caused by small, microscopic tears in the plantar fascia. These tiny tears develop from repetitive stress on the fascia due to excess pull on the fascia. Like all injuries, these microscopic tears stimulate an inflammatory response in an [...]

Supportive Shoes and Orthotics for Heel Pain

I’ve been advocating to my patients for years the importance of supportive shoes and inserts for the treatment of heel pain. I became a firm believer when I experienced heel pain myself. It was a beautiful Fall day and I stepped out of the car onto my foot and immediately felt an intense pain in [...]

Flip Flops Can Cause Heel Pain

Flimsy shoes, such as flip flops, can contribute to the development of heel pain. The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, a tearing and inflammation of the long ligament in the bottom of the foot. This article gives tips for prevention and treatment of heel pain. Amplify’d from www.dailyherald.com Cases of heel [...]

ActiPatch Treatment for Heel Pain

BioElectronics Expands Clinical Research on the ActiPatch by requesting discovery project grants to conduct clinical research on patients with heel pain. ActiPatch delivers a pulse massage and continuous electromagnetic therapy in an attempt to restore damaged cells. The company recommends ActiPatch be applied to an area of injury and claims that the patch will decrease [...]

Heel Pain Trial: Ultrasound Guided Steroid Injections

Researchers at La Trobe University are conducting a randomized trial evaluating the use of ultrasound guided steroid injections for patients with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing of the plantar fascia, a long ligament type structure which supports the arch. The condition causes heel pain, commonly at the first step in the morning or [...]

Botox May Help Improve Heel Pain

Those suffering with chronic heel pain, plantar fasciitis, may find some relief with botox injections. Critics say it’s not addressing the problem and more research needs to be done. Amplify’d from www.northcoastfootcareblog.com Botox for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis Botox injections at the heel improve pain and function in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis, according to a [...]

Plantar Fasciitis: Patient Training Program Effective

In a new study published in a Hungarian journal, patients with plantar fasciitis were given a complex home training program which included illustrated handouts with stretching exercises, massage, cryotherapy and footwear tips and compared to patients using standard treatments. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Plantar Fasciitis in Assembly Workers

A recent study in PM & R, the Journal of Injury, Function and Rehabilitation, found that individuals who work in a manufacturing setting have a greater risk of developing plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Botox for Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

Botox injections at the heel improve pain and function in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis, according to a new study in the Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine. Fifty patients with chronic heel pain and a diagnosis of plantar fasciitis were divided into two groups. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Hypothyroidism and Plantar Fasciitis

It is well documented that musculoskeletal conditions, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, Dupuytren’s contracture and trigger finger, occur in association with thyroid disease. Most disorders occur with hypothyroidism, but there have been occurrences with thyrotoxicosis as well. Although there is limited research to support a clear association between hypothyroidism and plantar fasciitis, it is theorized [...]

Why Do I Have Morning Heel Pain?

Pain under the heel at the first step in the morning is the most characteristic symptom associated with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing, inflammation and degeneration of the plantar fascia, an important connective tissue structure in the bottom of the foot. The plantar fascia is similar in structure to a ligament and is [...]

Breakdown of the Plantar Fascia

The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous, connective tissue band which extends along the bottom of the foot. The structural make up of the plantar fascia consists of collagen, elastin, glycosaminoglycans and water. The primary cells are fibroblasts, which synthesize collagen. The primary component of the fascia is type I collagen which adds to the [...]

Plantar Fascia Tear

Plantar fasciitis is a condition which results from microscopic tears within the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia, a ligament-type structure in the foot, is one of the most important structures in the foot due to it’s role in supporting the arch. Despite it’s strength, excess stress in combination with abnormal mechanics of the foot can [...]

Strength of The Plantar Fascia

The plantar fascia is a connective tissue band which extends from the heel bone to the ball of the foot. The plantar fascia is designed to support a tremendous amount of weight. Social Bookmarking OptionsBlinklistBloglinesBlogmarksDiggdel.icio.usFacebookFurlMa.gnoliaNewsVineRedditStumbleUponTechnorati

Plantar Fasciosis Explained

Plantar fasciosis is the degeneration (deterioration) of the plantar fascia as a result of repetitive stress. The plantar fascia is a broad, thick, fibrous band that extends from the base of the calcaneus (heel bone) to the base of the toes. The fascia is composed of a dense network of highly organized collagen fibers, which [...]

Video: Manning & Plantar Fasciitis

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Plantar Fasciitis Doesn’t Slow Eli Manning

Last week it was questionable whether Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants, would start in yesterday’s game against the Raiders. Not only did he start his 83rd straight game for the Giants, he led the Giants to an easy 44-7 victory over the Raiders. Manning took at seat on the sidelines midway [...]

Eli Manning, Plantar Fasciitis & Foot Pain

Eli Manning, the quarterback for the New York Giants, has been diagnosed with an injury to his plantar fascia. Manning limped off the field early in the 4th quarter of last Sunday’s game with a painful right heel. An MRI has confirmed inflammation of his plantar fascia, a strong, web-shaped ligament-type structure in the bottom [...]

Short term calf stretching not beneficial for heel pain

Calf stretching is an universal treatment recommended for patients with plantar fasciitis, the most common cause of heel pain. In a study from the University of Western Sydney in Australia, calf stretching using a wooden wedge was evaluated as a specific treatment for plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing and resultant inflammation of a [...]

Women Runners with Fasciitis Have Lower Arches

A new study in this month’s issue of the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine evaluated the biomechanics, arch height, impact load, maximum load and ankle dorsiflexion in women runners, during running and while standing. The researchers divided 50 age and mileage matched women runners into two groups, a plantar fasciitis group and a control group. [...]

More Affordable Shockwave Therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

A pneumatic lithotripter is a device which uses pressurized gas to pass shock waves through water to break up hardened tissues into smaller fragments. Classically the device has been used for kidney stones, but the use of shock wave therapy for chronic musculoskeletal conditions has become more popular in the past decade. For kidney stones, [...]

20 Tips for Treating Morning Heel Pain

Sharp pain at the inside of the heel at the first step in the morning is a classic sign of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the tearing and resultant inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament-type structure in the bottom of the foot. The pain is not limited to the bottom of the heel, the [...]

Platelet Rich Plasma Injections for Chronic Musculoskeletal Conditions

Platelet rich plasma injections are becoming a more common and popular treatment for chronic musculoskeletal conditions. Chronic foot and ankle conditions, such as plantar fasciosis and Achilles tendinosis typically begin with the classic inflammatory process. Initially, the area becomes red, inflamed and swollen. Patients will describe a sharp, stabbing pain with weight bearing and tenderness [...]