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Do you suffer from HEEL PAIN (plantar fasciitis)? You could help with a Clinical Trial!

Dr. Alan Shih
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Tucson Podiatrist Dr. Shih will take care of your foot, ankle, & leg pain, call Head to Toe Healthcare today.

Head to Toe Healthcare, PLC and faculty at the University of Arizona Medical Center are conducting a clinical trial on the use of therapeutic footwear affects on Plantar Fascitis. 

We are looking for candidates to help.  The trial will run for one (1) month and requires daily monitoring of progress at home.  Skin thermometry is painless and used to measure temperature changes that correlate with inflammation.  Participants record their daily pain level and skin temperatures.  There are NO DRUGS, or Medications involved with the clinical trial.  However, medications may be offered during the medical exam in an effort to provide greater relief and improved response of treatment. 

If you feel you can spare the time and receive treatment that could well alleviate your symptoms than call our office to schedule an appointment.

Clinical trial participants must be between 20 to 65 years of age.  A diagnosis of Plantar Fascitis must be made either by Dr. David Armstrong at UMC or Dr. Alan Shih.  A medical office visit is required and most major insurance plans are accepted at these clinics.  If one should choose to participate in the therapeutic footwear group, the cost of this footwear is free. 

Plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain on the bottom of the foot and inflammation in the band of the tissue (the plantar fascia) that runs from the heel to the toes.  The pain from plantar fasciitis is usually a sharp, stabbing pain on the inside of the bottom of the heel that can feel like a knife sticking into your heel.

Pain is the body's way of telling us that we may have suffered an injury or contracted an illness.  Pain that occurs in our heels alerts us to seek medical attention. Because a variety of causes exist for heel pain, it is very important to have any type of heel pain properly diagnosed by a podiatrist. 

The heel bone is the largest of the 26 bones found in the human foot. The foot also has 33 joints and a network of more than 100 tendons, muscles, and ligaments. The heel bone is subject to a variety of outside influences that can affect its ability to function properly. Symptoms of heel pain that should be treated by a podiatrist include pain on the bottom of the heel or the back of the heel, pain that worsens upon rising, and pain that increases in severity over a period of months.

Plantar Fasciitis is often caused by poor foot structure such as overly flat feet or high arches. It can also be caused by multiple factors including wearing non-supportive footwear on hard surfaces, spending long hours on your feet, and weight-bearing activity to name a few. Pain from plantar fasciitis is usually most severe when you first stand on your feet in the morning. It will usually subside, but can return with prolonged standing or walking or getting up after long periods of sitting.