Non-invasive treatments best for plantar faciitis

 Non-invasive treatments may work best for plantar faciitis

Non-invasive treatments best for plantar faciitis Research that was published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery suggests that shockwave treatment may not be the best option when it comes to treating acute plantar fasciitis.

In a 15-month trial, a team of scientists found that participants who performed simple stretching exercises were better able to relieve pain and symptoms from plantar fasciitis - commonly known as fallen arches - than those who received shockwave therapy.

Study author and orthopaedic surgeon John Furia said the best way to treat plantar fasciitis is to begin therapy early with non-operative treatment.

The researchers noted that 80 percent of people suffering from fallen arches are able to improve their symptoms within 10 months using simple methods.

The National Institutes of Health reports that plantar fasciitis may be caused by poor arch support, running and weight gain. It also recommends wearing orthotics or splints in addition to performing stretching exercises to help relieve foot pain.

Use of orthotics and splints has been touted by podiatrists as a way to correct foot conditions like fallen arches and bunions without the need for invasive treatments, such as bunion surgery.  

 

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