Anyone who suffers through plantar fasciitis knows of the stabbing, burning pain that accompanies the condition in the morning, after the fascia tightens up overnight, or after long periods on their feet. The good news is that Dr. Varveris and the professionals at PhysioNetics in Naples, Florida, have the tools and training to easily treat this painful condition.
The plantar fascia is a thick tissue on the bottom of the foot. When the portion of the tissue attaching to the heel becomes irritated and swollen, it causes intense pain in the heel. This pain is usually at its worst in the morning, easing up as the patient moves. Those who stand or walk for long periods may feel pain later in the day as well. There’s generally no fascia pain during exercise, though it may return later.
The plantar fascia is the shock absorber along the bottom of the foot and arch. When overworked, irritation and swelling occur. Causes for this often aren’t clear, but risk factors associated with the condition include:
The Alter-G antigravity treadmill provides an effective diagnostic tool for creating a course of treatment matched to each patient. Gait analysis frequently reveals mechanical issues behind plantar fasciitis.
There are several treatment techniques to which plantar fasciitis responds well. Dr. Varveris favors radial pulse therapy—also known as shockwave therapy—which delivers deep pulses through the skin to stimulate healing of the plantar fascia. The Graston Technique uses tool-assisted tissue manipulation to produce similar relief, as does a soft tissue oscillator. Electrical stimulation techniques, such as the Dolphin NeuroStim and iontophoresis, often prove useful. Dr. Varveris is also certified in the use of Kinesio Tape®, a special cotton tape product that supports injured areas and promotes healing.
While orthotics, arch supports, and cushioned insoles might assist in treatment, each patient and diagnosis vary. Dr. Varveris assesses the need for alternative footwear on a case by case basis, usually after treatment begins.