Plantar fascia or arch tendon is located at the bottom of the foot. It is a broad connective tissue that runs across the bottom of the foot and spreads from the heel bone to the toes at the front of the foot. Its overuse is what causes plantar fasciitis. The common symptoms of planter fasciitis include pain upon walking; the pain decreases as the foot begins to get warm, and also stabbing heel pain which originate at the bottom of the heel. This condition is commonly identified as a heel spur although both are not entirely the same. This is because a heel spur arises at the point where the plantar fascia connects the heel bone (calcaneus) which develops as a bony growth.
Athletes, dancers or runners who play sports involving repetitive jumping are more prone to get plantar fasciitis or heel spurs. A tight calf muscle is one of the most common origins of plantar fasciitis. Tight calf muscle can result in a prolonged foot or a foot with high velocity pronation. Over-stretching makes the tendon thicker causing inflammation. Increase in tendon thickness in turn decreases flexibility and strength in the plantar fascia.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
Foot and leg stretching, orthopedic foot supports, physical therapy and steroid injections are some of the traditional treatments for plantar fasciitis. Whether these treatments are effective or not depend on the severity of the condition and the individual situation. When the condition is very severe, surgery is sometimes recommended on the plantar fascia to release tension. But this should be avoided due to the risk of damaging the nerves and increasing pain.
PRP stem and cell therapy for plantar fasciitis
At Troy Physical Medicine we have introduced a new regenerative technique for the treatment of plantar fasciitis. We treat the stressed connective tissue with an injection of the patient’s own PRP and stem cells. Our procedure regenerates damaged tissue while reducing pain. So if you are not satisfied with the results that traditional orthopedic treatments have delivered for your plantar fasciitis, contact us to learn more about how stem cell therapy can help.