Dr. Anthony explains if Plantar Fasciitis is considered a chronic condition.
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Plantar fasciitis can be very frustrating and we see a lot of people that had tried a lot of things and hasn’t gone better and it just keeps aggravating them. The answer will it ever go away is yes. This is can go away and 95% of the time it does go away but it takes a stepwise treatment and it takes strict bands of the loss and that is don’t aggravate it, make sure you ice it, make sure you stretch it, make sure you take care of it. And so yes, so it can get better with proper treatment of that. So if that initial phase doesn’t work then in next level up as we usually get you on a physical therapy and a physical therapist will also do the stretches. They’ll make sure you’re doing the exercise right. They’ll look at your footwear. They’ll look to see if you need an orthotic that is prescription made orthotic. They may use some modalities like ultrasound or TENS or EMS or different modalities to increase the circulation there and decrease the inflammation of that area. If that doesn’t work t the next level up is we do a steroid injection. A steroid injection is just painful as everybody thinks although it’s uncomfortable but we don’t inject from the plantar surface. We inject from the sides, so it’s not as painful as it could be and the steroid there reduces the inflammation and breaks that cycle. Now, as long as you continue to do the stretches and the strengthening program that they teach you in physical therapy the steroid shot will decrease the inflammation enough and decrease the pain enough so you can start to get back into your activity.