Thursday, January 15, 2015

Courtney Love have Plantar Fascitis?

Plantar fascitis remains one of the most common problems seen in our practice. in the picture below is   Courtney Love wearing a posterior night splint that is usually one at night to help stretch out the Achilles tendon and the plantar fascia.  This is part of the treatment protocol for plantar fasciitis at our office. Most of the time people will complain about pain upon first steps in the morning that is because the plantar fascia , a ligament on the bottom of the foot that attaches to the heel, is inflamed as well as contracted during the night of sleep. This is why the plantar fascial night splint is very important to use at night when you have an attack of plantar fasciitis. We do not recommend walking on your plantar fascial night splint however for it is not meant to be a weight bearing apparatus  The most common treatment for plantar fasciitis is an injection of corticosteroid, or injection of PRP, or the newest injection is amniotic stem cell injection into the  plantar fascia to allow for healing.  I cannot over emphasize the need for stretching at physical therapy as well as arch supports to help aid in the healing and prevention of future attacks of plantar fasciitis. This is a very painful and preventable problem. I am sure Courtney Love's podiatrist  would not have approved her walking on the beach with her night splint.


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