How Effective Is The Gastroc Recession For Plantar Fasciitis?

Brian McCurdy, Managing Editor | 20,320 reads | 0 comments | 01/22/2015

When Patients With Plantar Fasciitis Are Not Getting Adequate Support From Their Orthotics

Larry Huppin DPM | 2,382 reads | 0 comments | 10/23/2015

I had a patient present in my office with a two-year history of fairly classic plantar fasciitis. She had seen another podiatrist during that time and had multiple treatments, which included orthotic devices, physical therapy, multiple injections bilaterally and standard anti-inflammatory measures. She sought me out to get a second opinion because she had not seen much improvement.

A Closer Look At The Gastroc Recession For Plantar Fasciitis

Neal Mozen, DPM, FACFAS, and Thomas Belken, DPM, AACFAS | 39,400 reads | 1 comments | 04/20/2015

Heel pain is one of the most common complaints of patients who present to a podiatrist’s office. Of the various diagnoses that could cause heel pain in adults, plantar fasciitis (fasciosis) will probably be the code that you most often enter into your electronic medical records (EMRs). Estimates say at least one in 10 people will develop plantar fasciitis in their lifetime and plantar fasciitis will account for at least 1 million doctor’s visits annually.1

Innovative Laser May Offer Effective Treatment For Plantar Fasciitis

Danielle Chicano, Contributing Editor | 26,042 reads | 0 comments | 09/25/2014

Are you looking for an effective conservative option to treat chronic pain in patients with plantar fasciitis?

Then you may want to consider FX 635, an innovative low-level laser treatment that offers relief of pain and inflammation in patients with chronic plantar fasciitis, according to the manufacturer Erchonia Medical. The company explains that this FDA-approved laser provides regenerative powers that can reduce inflammation and eliminate pain in the plantar fascia in a matter of weeks.

Pearls On Treating Plantar Fasciitis In Athletes

Dianne Mitchell, DPM, FAAPSM, FACFAOM | 12,381 reads | 0 comments | 07/24/2014

As podiatrists, we see plantar fasciitis in our offices many times each day, especially in athletes. We know what it is and have a good idea of what causes it.    However, with the numerous treatment modalities available, why aren’t all of our patients pain-free? Why do we have patients with lingering pain? Are we treating them wrong? Are they misdiagnosed? Are they non-adherent? I will reexamine how we look at plantar fasciitis in an attempt to improve our success rates in effectively treating and eliminating this mechanically induced pain.    What mechanism generates plantar fasciitis?

Can High-Load Strength Training Help Treat Recalcitrant Plantar Fasciitis?

Jenny L Sanders DPM | 5,265 reads | 0 comments | 09/24/2014

Plantar fasciitis accounts for up to 10 percent of running injuries.1 A recent study by Rathleff and colleagues found that similar to tendinopathy, plantar fasciitis also responds favorably to high-load strength training.2

Crucial Questions About Treating Plantar Fasciitis In Obese Patients

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 16,998 reads | 0 comments | 12/04/2014

I had the opportunity to speak recently at the American Public Health Association meeting in New Orleans for the podiatry section. I would highly encourage everyone to consider joining this organization as I believe the natural symbiotic relationship between podiatry and public health is an important one. One of the two topics I spoke on was “Obesity and Plantar Fasciitis.” 

Should Prefabricated Orthoses For Plantar Fasciitis Have A Plantar Fascia Groove?

Larry Huppin DPM | 7,709 reads | 1 comments | 01/08/2014

A colleague recently asked whether prefabricated orthoses for plantar fasciitis require a plantar fascia groove.

A plantar fascia groove is used to decrease pressure on a very prominent plantar fascia. I find this accommodation is rarely needed, even when making a custom orthosis. In fact, there are some inherent problems with using a plantar fascia groove because it can cause the orthosis to gap excessively from the arch of the foot.

My preference is that if a plantar fascia groove is necessary, the clinician should add it after the patient receives the orthosis.

Point-Counterpoint: Stretching: Is It Beneficial For Plantar Fasciitis?

Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS, and Stephen Pribut, DPM, FACFAS | 31,190 reads | 0 comments | 03/21/2014
Offering pertinent biomechanical insights, this author examines the positive effects of stretching for plantar heel pain and the potential consequences of equinus.

By Lisa M. Schoene, DPM, ATC, FACFAS

Plantar fasciitis is probably the most common condition that the podiatric physician treats. We all have a myriad of treatment regimens and protocols that ultimately get our patients back on their feet.

Case Studies In Treating Chronic Plantar Fasciitis

Brian Fullem, DPM | 33,967 reads | 0 comments | 10/22/2013

Given the common presentation of plantar fasciitis, the variety of etiologies and at times concurrent conditions, this author reviews four illuminating patient cases, emphasizing pertinent diagnostic pointers and keys to effective treatment.