What is Plantar Fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the thick support band, the Plantar fascia, that extends from the bottom of the heel to the ball of the foot. It occurs when there is a decrease in the arch of the foot, causing a pull on the plantar fascia. Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis The symptoms of plantar fasciitis are pain and tenderness at the heel and often the bottom of the foot. These symptoms are extremely painful and can cause difficulty with walking, standing and climbing stairs. Sometimes the symptoms are worse at night, making sleeping difficult. Often when getting up in the morning and stepping out of bed, extreme pain may be experienced in the heel and sole of the foot when trying to take the first few steps.
Prolotherapy is first applied by small injections of the ligaments on the top of the foot. These ligaments maintain the arch of the foot. Injections on the top of the foot avoid injecting the painful areas. By strengthening and tightening these ligaments, the arch is increased and supported. The additional support takes the strain off the Plantar fascia. This reduces the pain and persistent irritation of the fascia. Because the architecture of the foot is strengthened, the foot is stronger and less stretching of the plantar fascia occurs, and the foot can again function normally. The treatments are done once a week. Usually two to three treatments are necessary. The resultant strengthening process continues for up to eight to ten weeks. Often pain begins to improve after only two to three weeks. Prolotherapy is a safe and effective treatment.
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