It's fall time, which for football fans means tailgating and cheering on our favorite teams and players. As a bears fan, big on D; you've got to be a little worried when the two biggest stars of the Chicago Bears defense are dealing with injuries. Linebacker Brian Urlacher still remains on the sideline after arthroscopic knee surgery, and Julius Peppers is dealing with plantar fasciitis, a painful foot condition.
Luckily, as a Podiatrist, I suspect the outlook for Peppers is pretty good. Plantar fasciitis rarely requires surgery, and in my opinion surgery should not be considered for at least a year for this condition, as there are many good advanced conservative options available. Traditionally, initial treatments included custom orthotics, supportive shoes, and anti-inflammatory medications. Depending on the severity, stretching exercises are typically started as well. Some more advanced conservative treatments that are non-surgical in nature may include PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) therapy, Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation, Shock Wave Therapy, and Laser therapy.
At Head to Toe Healthcare, PLC, we commonly treat heel pain, oftentimes caused by plantar fasciitis. The majority of patients get significantly better with initial treatments, but can get quicker healing and faster results with other adjunctive treatments. To learn more about Plantar Fasciitis, ingrown nails, bunions, and other common foot conditions, order our free "Got Feet" book.
Tucson Podiatrist Dr. Shih prides hiimself in offering some of the most advanced treatments available to get you back on your feet, participating in the sports and activitis you love. To hear what some of our patients have to say, click testimonials.