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What is Plantar Fasciitis and How Can I Treat It?

http://www.austinfootandankle.com Plantar fasciitis is a common type of foot pain that involves inflammation of the soft tissue structure on the bottom of the foot.  It connects the big toe to the base of the heel.  When there is a biomechanical problem or an injury, often caused by overuse, the area becomes inflamed and presses on a nerve which causes a great deal of pain.  This pain is most often felt in the morning or after an activity like walking or running.  There are many ways to treat plantar fasciitis but in order to prescribe the appropriate course of treatment, an experienced podiatrist will need to diagnose the cause of the injury.  Rest, ice, compression and elevation are some of the more conservative and common treatments but if the pain persists, the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists will provide a home exercise program of stretching and exercises or orthotics.  If that is not enough, there are more invasive methods of treating such as injections, shockwave therapy and cryotherapy.  If you are experiencing foot pain and think it could be plantar fasciitis, give the Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists a call at 512-328-8900 for more information.