Plantar Fasciitis

Frank J. Verri, DC -  - Physical Medicine

Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center

Frank J. Verri, DC

Physical Medicine located in Pittsburgh, PA

Plantar Fasciitis Specialist
Plantar fasciitis happens when the band of tissue at the bottom of the foot, the plantar fascia, becomes severely inflamed. This causes foot pain that can make it hard to take a single step at times. Frank Verri, DC, of Greater Pittsburgh Joint and Muscle Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is experienced in providing completely natural but highly effective plantar fasciitis solutions.

Plantar Fasciitis Q & A

Why does plantar fasciitis happen?

The plantar fascia damage that causes plantar fasciitis can happen for several different reasons. When a person puts stress on the plantar fascia regularly, they are more likely to develop plantar fasciitis. For this reason, runners and joggers may be prone to this condition. Plantar fasciitis may also develop in people who stand for long periods of time, as this puts continual stress on the plantar fascia. Plantar fasciitis can impact people who are overweight or obese, as the excess weight puts continued pressure on the plantar fascia.

What are the signs of plantar fasciitis?

Heel pain, especially after a period of rest or sleep, is the most obvious sign of plantar fasciitis for most people. In the majority of cases, people with plantar fasciitis experience pain in just one heel. Some people with plantar fasciitis find themselves limping, shortening their stride to cope with the pain. Plantar fasciitis may also cause numbness or a "pins and needles" sensation in the heel. Sometimes the heel or the whole foot will look very red and irritated.

How is plantar fasciitis treated?

Chiropractic adjustment of the joints connected to the feet can quickly and effectively reduce the pain associated with plantar fasciitis. In some cases, Dr. Verri will be able to identify correctable irregularities in the patient's gait or posture that are contributing to or leading to the plantar fasciitis. Massage therapy, particularly deep tissue massage, can lower the risk of plantar fasciitis recurrence. In the worst cases of plantar fasciitis, pain management injections may be used to provide immediate numbness in the heel area. Dr. Verri may also recommend the use of orthotic equipment that can help patients walk and stand properly.

How can people prevent plantar fasciitis?

Walking barefoot should be avoided as much as possible. Good footwear, which includes an arch and a sturdy sole, should be worn as often as possible. If high heels or other uncomfortable footwear are worn, walking and standing for long periods should be kept to a minimum. Staying at a healthy weight can also help people avoid plantar fasciitis. Always stretch well before any exercise, and don't exercise on a painful foot. When sitting for long periods, point toes upwards to flex the plantar fascia.

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