Plantar Fasciitis Diagnosis
Diagnosis of plantar fasciitis is relatively simple. Your doctor should be able to give you an accurate diagnosis after a few questions about your medical history and a physical examination of your feet, feeling for areas of tenderness and pain.
Tests are not usually necessary, but an ultrasound or MRI scan may be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Plantar Fasciitis Treatments
At The Heel Pain Practice, we’re specialists in treating plantar fasciitis with radiotherapy – a simple, safe and non-invasive treatment using X-rays to reduce the pain in the plantar fascia and affected tissues.
All patients suffering from plantar fasciitis should first try general measures to relieve pressure on the painful area. These include resting, stretching exercises and changing footwear. If you’ve tried general measures to resolve your pain and they’ve proved ineffective after at least three months, contact us so we can discuss radiotherapy treatment with you.
There are other options for you to consider when looking into treatments for the condition. The most common are:
- Surgery – a surgeon can partially detach the plantar fascia from the heel bone to reduce tension. This tends to only be performed in severe cases
- Steroid injection – steroids are injected into the tender area to relieve pain temporarily. However, this therapy is usually ineffective and multiple injections are not recommended as they weaken the plantar fascia and can cause it to rupture
- Shockwave therapy – sound waves are directed at the area of heel pain to stimulate healing, though this method can be quite painful and hasn’t been consistently shown to be effective
- Medication – non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can be prescribed to help reduce pain and inflammation in your foot