Treatment Options for Plantar Fasciitis
In most instances, the plantar fasciitis sufferer’s arch is the first to come down. Unfortunately, when plantar fasciitis hits, it can be awfully hard to shake off. This heel pain presents itself in many different forms – usually painful or initially not noticeable. Time, however, is usually the greatest cure, so don’t be afraid to take some time off from work or other activities when feeling worse.
Injections have been a common form of plantar fasciitis treatment Melbourne for several years. Usually, you start off with an injection that numbs the pain and prevents inflammation. The problem with this method is that there is no guarantee that the injections will work, and they carry a risk of infection, too. To combat this issue, your podiatrist might also recommend an anti-inflammatory cream, or he might suggest that you use Botox injections instead.
Another option is to make some lifestyle changes. The most important is probably stretching – and you must do it consistently if you want any chance of stopping the condition for good. This means at least one time a day, but it is even better if you can spend at least 20 minutes each day stretching and strengthening the various muscles of the foot and leg. Some patients are encouraged to wear custom orthotics Melbourne, too, in order to further increase the strength of their arches. However, many Melbourne podiatrists would advise patients to avoid orthotics unless they absolutely need them, as they are generally not the best solution for plantar fasciitis pain.
Many people prefer to choose medications, and some choose night splints as their plantar fasciitis treatment. These treatments tend to be fairly common, and include various types of over-the-counter and prescription medications. These medications include the commonly used NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen, as well as some stronger prescription drugs, such as prednisone, and all-natural remedies made from herbs, minerals and other ingredients.
You can find night splints that are specifically made for heel pain treatment Camberwell, and you may also find them in stores that sell orthotics. As long as you know which medication you are taking (or are thinking of taking), there should be little to nothing to worry about. The steroids are not addictive, because the medication is only ever taken once a day and never more than two times per day. In fact, when you remove the orthotics for the day, they will have been helping you with your pain for the entire time that you have had them on.
If you have arch pain or heel pain associated with inflammation of the plantar fasciitis, you will likely need to try the overpronation exercises. They can be found online, and you can use them at home instead of having to visit a foot specialist. They work best if you do them several times per day for several weeks, to get rid of any arches and heel pain that may be causing your discomfort. They should not prevent you from walking, but they may help you to walk more comfortably without feeling as much pain as you once did.